After a round of negotiations, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid explained in a video message that he will be presenting a resolution for the expulsion of the French envoy in the National Assembly today.
What Happened: According to the minister, the government will be presenting a resolution to expel the French envoy in the National Assembly today, despite the fact that the session for the Assembly was adjourned on Monday, and is now meant to meet again on Thursday, 22nd April. The state has also agreed to withdraw all cases against Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) workers, hence agreeing to two of the four demands presented by the party. In return, the TLP agreed to call off their protests
What Happens Next: A subsequent round of negotiations will take place at the Punjab Governor House tonight between both sides. TLP is expected to reiterate its demands for the release of its party leader, Saad Rizvi, and all its workers. Given the current track record, the government is expected to give in to these demands to a large extent.
Fateha Recitation: Yesterday, before the adjournment of the National Assembly, the Speaker of the House led parliamentarians in a prayer for the ‘martyred’ TLP workers. No such prayer was made for the policemen who lost their lives during this conflict. This move was widely condemned by social media users.