The federal cabinet decided to keep the ban on the proscribed organisation Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) intact, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting, he said a report was presented before the cabinet by a committee that had been tasked to review the decision.

The committee informed the cabinet that the decision to ban TLP was based on merit, as this proscribed organisation has been blamed for torturing and killing police officials and setting fire to public property, he said.

Following the report, the cabinet decided to keep the ban intact, the minister said.

“We aim to make the elections transparent, and through the electronic voting machines, we will be able to achieve our goal,” Fawad said.

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, Saudi Arabia’s government has decided to release 50 Pakistani prisoners and a special plan will bring them back, 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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