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Govt decides to crack down on elements damaging property during protests

ISLAMABAD: A day after the religious parties led by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) ended the countrywide protests over Aasia Bibi’s acquittal, the Ministry of Interior on Saturday issued directives for a crack down on mobsters who damaged property during the demonstrations. 

In a statement, the ministry said elements who vandalized public and private properties in the guise of protests across the country would be taken to task, adding that such individuals would be identified with the help of videos and CCTV footage.

It sought details about the damage caused to properties from the Punjab government and law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, police have booked TLP  leaders Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Afzal Qadri on charges of rioting and disrupting peace in Lahore.

Around 500 party supporters, including their leaders, have been booked for disrupting peace and blocking roads in the provincial capital.

The protests erupted across the country after the Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges on Oct 31. The protests ended after the government reached an agreement with demonstrators late on Friday night.

Addressing a press conference, Patron in Chief TLP Peer Muhammad Afzal Qadri said that his party had reached a five-point agreement with the government while some verbal points were also agreed upon to call off the sit-in.

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