ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday said the second round of talks between the government team and the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had ended.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and Law Minister Raja Basharat represented the government, he said in a statement.

The minister said the third round of talks with the banned TLP would begin at 10 pm with the participation of Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri and Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

Earlier, Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had said that 11 policemen, who were taken hostage in Lahore, have been released after successful negotiations between the Punjab government and the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

In a video statement, he said the first round of talks have been concluded positively following which the policemen made hostage were released by TLP and the protesters had gone inside the Masjid Rehmatulil Alameen and police had also been withdrawn from there.

He hoped that other matters would also be resolved in the next round of talks. Out of 192 blockades, he said only one was remaining and the situation was improving there as well.

“Talks have begun with the banned TLP and the first phase has ended positively. The second round of talks will begin in the morning, ” he said adding that matters would be settled amicably.


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