Imran Khan chairs National Security Council meeting over widespread TLP protests

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a high-level meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Thursday to discuss the worrying situation arising from protests by the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) group, reported local media reported.
Pakistani ministers, the national security adviser, and intelligence and service chiefs attended the meeting and discussed the TLP protests, ARY News said.
The country’s highest body, made up of civilian and military leaders, also discussed national security issues outside of the protests.
The government is in talks with jailed TLP leader Saad Hussain Rizvi as protests have wreaked havoc on towns in Punjab. But the second round of talks ended without any progress, as the stalemate persists between the TLP and the Pakistani government.
The two sides are expected to begin the third round of talks on Saturday, ARY News reported, citing sources.
A TLP spokesperson said the outlawed organization was upholding its demands that it would present to the government.
“Our only demand from day one is the dismissal of the French ambassador,” added the spokesperson, according to The News International.
At least three Pakistani policemen were killed and several others injured on Saturday in clashes with workers from the banned Islamist group and police in Lahore when hundreds of TLP workers took to the streets across the country during the week. last to put pressure on the government. for the release of its leader Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi.

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