- Minister says if the media does not show responsibility in such crises, the problems of governments can aggravate
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has thanked the mainstream media for demonstrating responsibility and caution in the recent crisis.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Fawad said if the media does not show responsibility in such crises, the problems of governments can aggravate.
He added that journalism is about telling the truth responsibly.
The minister's remarks come after the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and the government reached an agreement bringing an end to days-long protests.
The banned group has agreed to withdraw its demand of the French ambassador’s expulsion from Pakistan after successful negotiations with the government.
As per the agreement, the government will withdraw its earlier decision of declaring the group a proscribed outfit and allow it to participate in politics.
On Sunday, former Ruet-i-Hilal Committee chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman announced that negotiations between the government and TLP had been successful.
Addressing a press conference along with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, and leaders of the TLP Shura in Islamabad, Muneeb said that the details of the agreement will be made public soon.
He said a steering committee has been formed which will oversee the implementation of the pact. "Ali Muhammad Khan will head the committee," he said. "The agreement was reached after sense prevailed over aggression. Rationality prevailed over sentiments, and all the participants demonstrated patience," he said.
"The participants of the agreement entered the accord in the best interest of the country and its people. This agreement was reached before any untoward incident," he stated.
Amid the law and order situation in the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that he believed in resolving issues through dialogue, but will not allow anyone to challenge the writ of the state.
On the issue of the French ambassador, he said that the expulsion of any diplomat will not help the cause, but will instigate hatred toward Muslims and Islam.
Khan stressed that the situation will dent Pakistan's identity, while the TLP leadership was making unrealistic demands, solely for political gains.
Khan said that he did not want bloodshed and looked to resolve all issues through dialogues.
No headway in negotiations
Earlier, talks between the government and TLP failed as both sides were adamant to accept each other's demands. The TLP demanded the release of its chief Saad Rizvi from imprisonment, withdrawal of cases against the party workers, and presenting a resolution against France in parliament.
However, the government had stated that the cases of TLP workers will be decided by the court. It also asked the banned outfit to withdraw from the GT Road and other main highways before the release of the TLP chief from jail.
Cops martyred, several injured
The recent clashes between the police and TLP activists led to the deaths of over four police officials and injuries to several others.
The fierce clashes broke out after the TLP tried to resume its march on Islamabad to pressurise the government to accept its demands.
Inspector General of Punjab Police Rao Sardar claimed that the TLP activists were armed with automatic weapons and shot straight at the police. The TLP protesters had blocked the main GT Road for several days and marched towards the capital to hold a sit-in.
Routine life remained paralysed in major cities of Punjab due to the demonstrations while business activity and railways operation were also badly affected.