70% tweets on TLP issue came from fake accounts, reveals PM

Imran Khan says expelling French envoy will badly damage Pakistan's economy and won't end Islamophobia

Prime Minister Imran Khan has revealed that “external forces” tried to exploit violent Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protests by spreading fake news on social media platforms.

“We have reviewed 400,000 tweets, 70% of which came from fake accounts,” he said while addressing the nation on Monday.

The premier added that 380 Indian contacts were also detected in several WhatsApp groups spreading fake news regarding the law and order in the country.

"Don't play into the hands of our enemies," he said while conveying message to the recently banned outfit.

PM Imran said due to the violent protests across the country at least four policemen were martyred and over 800 personnel of law enforcement agencies sustained injuries.

He said owing to road blockade by the protesters citizens across the country faced immense difficulties and deaths were also reported in hospitals due to the disruption in oxygen supply to the hospitals amid the novel coronavirus pandemic

While lashing out at opposition parties, he said that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman also supported the deadly protest in a bid to destabilise the PTI government.

The prime minister also said severing ties with France will damage Pakistan’s relations with European Union (EU) which will also damage the country’s economy and export.

“After much difficulties, the country's economy is reviving, the rupee is stabilising, inflation in coming down, if we sever ties with France it will mean that our ties with the EU will be severed and doing so will hurt Pakistan's textile industry as most of our textile products exported to European countries,” he added.

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Moreover, traders across the country have decided to keep markets shut after Mufti Muneebur Rehman, the former chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, late Sunday called for a nationwide strike after police action in Lahore against TLP workers.

He also asked political parties to support his call.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and JI Chief Sirajul Haq later backed the call and asked their supporters to conduct a peaceful protest.

Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid announced that after a successful round of negotiation with Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, the proscribed outfit had released 11 policemen taken hostage from Lahore on Sunday.

“First round of negotiations have been successful which have led to TLP releasing the policemen it had held hostage. The second round of negotiations will begin after sehri,” the federal minister said in an early morning video message.

A deputy superintendent of police along with 10 other policemen was apparently taken hostage and tortured by workers of TLP in Lahore on Sunday.

According to the Punjab Police, the incident happened after workers belonging to the TLP attacked the Nawankot police station early in the morning.

Rashid further said that the negotiations were successfully carried out by the Punjab government and expressed hope that matters would be resolved in the second round of talks.

Third round of talks

Meanwhile, Religious Affairs Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri said that a third round of talks between the TLP and the government will take place this evening.

“Following the initial rounds of talks, a third session of the dialogue will take place today,” Qadri said while addressing the National Assembly session.

TLP ban

On Thursday, the government had decided to approach the apex court seeking the dissolution of the TLP after the federal cabinet outlawed the group under the country’s anti-terrorism law.

The cabinet’s approval of a summary to ban the TLP came in the wake of thousands of its activists and supporters staging violent protests for three straight days across the country over the arrest of their leader.


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