Nearly 500 TLP members and leaders, including the extremist clerics Khadim Rizvi and Afzal Qadri, have been booked for charges of disrupting peace and rioting. This comes a day after normalcy returned to the country as TLP and the government signed an agreement, ending the protest against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.
People obviously welcomed this move and Twitter was flooded with reactions and praise for the government
Two cases have also been lodged in the federal capital on charges of damaging public and private properties as well as violating section 144.
The development came after the Interior Ministry announced taking action against all those “miscreants, who under the guise of peaceful protests, caused destruction to public and private properties and harmed helpless citizens” during the three-day protests.
“Steps are being taken to identify these miscreants,” a statement issued by the ministry of interior said.
Cyber Crime Probe
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry also said the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) have been directed to investigate “propaganda” circulated on social media to incite hate.
“Additionally, the chairpersons of the cybercrime wing and PTA have been instructed to obtain the forensic data of the miscreants,” it said in a separate statement.
The Interior Ministry will also initiate criminal proceedings against all those who spread extremist and hateful propaganda on social media, the statement added.