TLP Chief Saad Rizvi released from custody

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The chief of the now proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, Saad Rizvi, was reportedly released from custody on Tuesday.

A party spokesperson has confirmed the release if Rizvi. However, the government has not yet confirmed the development.

Earlier today, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid announced that after a successful round of negotiations, the TLP has agreed to end its protest across the country after the government agreed to table a resolution regarding the expulsion of the French ambassador in the National Assembly today.

“After detailed discussions with TLP it has been agreed that the government will table the resolution in the National Assembly today,” said the interior minister in a video message.

Last week, Saad Rizvi, in a video message, had asked TLP workers to be ready to launch the long march if government failed to meet the deadline. The move had prompted the government to arrest him on April 12.

Police had swooped on Rizvi at around 2pm on Wahdat Road in Lahore where he had gone to attend a funeral. Outraged, the TLP had issued a call for countrywide protests. Within the next few hours, protesters took to the streets in Lahore and blocked the Grand Trunk Road on a number of points.

All main cities like Lahore, Gujranwala, Islamabad and Peshawar were cut off from each other and the rest of the country. The activists held sit-ins at various points in Hyderabad and Sukkur. They blocked highways, motorways and train tracks, disrupting life in a better part of the country and causing violence as protesters clashed with police at many places.