PM Imran Khan will address the nation today

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Shahbaz Gill said the prime minister’s message will be broadcast at 5:15pm.

A day earlier, the city of Lahore became a battleground as workers of the recently proscribed party and policemen clashed. TLP workers also took 11 policemen hostage, who were later released after the first round of talks with the government.

The second round of talks was due to be held after sehri, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said.

Earlier today, while addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran lamented that political and religious parties in Pakistan “misused” Islam to deal damage to the country itself — in an apparent reference to the banned TLP’s week-long protests.

“ln our country it is a great misfortune that many times our political parties and religious parties use Islam wrongly and use it such that they deal damage to their own country.”