Provinces paid no heed to center’s security warnings ahead of TLP’s protests


The federal government had warned provincial governments of protests and violent demonstrations by the far-right group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) ahead of the announcement of the verdict in the Aasia Bibi case.

Reports reveal that the Ministry of Interior had directed provincial governments to be prepared for any impending threats to civil security and take measures to maintain peace as TLP leaders had asked party members to remain alert for a call to protest. However, the authorities did not pay heed to those directions and no extensive security plans were chalked out.

It should also be noted that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had been directed to monitor social media for any religious instigation by TLP leadership, and security measures had been ordered for Supreme Court (SC) judges and other important functionaries.