The Pakistani police have reportedly arrested over 1200 members of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan, including the radical Islamist party’s chief who had given a protest call for Sunday against the acquittal of Christian woman Asia Bibi.
Last month, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) disrupted daily life across Pakistan by staging widespread protests following Bibi’s acquittal in a blasphemy case by the apex court.
“We have taken into custody more than 1200 TLP leaders and activists including its chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi from Lahore and other parts of the Punjab province,” a senior police officer said on Saturday.
He said a team comprising government officials and clerics tried to persuade Rizvi in Lahore late on Friday night to defer its November 25 protest, but he refused to budge.
“On this police arrested him and other leaders,” the officer said.