Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry announced Tuesday the Federal Cabinet has decided to keep the ban on the proscribed organisation Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) intact.
Addressing a post-cabinet meeting press conference in Islamabad, the minister said a report was presented before the cabinet by a committee that had been tasked to review the decision.
The committee, in the report, informed that the decision to ban TLP was based on merit, as this proscribed organisation has been blamed for martyring police personnel, torturing them, and burning down places, he said.
Following the report, the cabinet decided to keep the ban intact, the minister said, adding that the Ministry of Law and Justice was working to get TLP’s election symbol cancelled.
The cabinet has approved granting a 25% special allowance to the armed forces to bring their salaries at par with other departments, however, he said it was not applicable on Frontier Corps and Rangers for now.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed to extend this facility to Rangers and FC as they were not included initially, the information minister said.
“We aim to make the elections transparent, and through the electronic voting machines, we will be able to achieve our goal,” the information minister said.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, Saudi Arabia’s government has decided to release 50 Pakistani prisoners and a special plan will fly from Pakistan to repatriate them, Fawad said.
“We are trying to bring back several of our imprisoned people — not involved in serious crimes — and the government is working to expedite this process,” he said.
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