Saad Rizvi stood by demand of French embassy’s closure: Sheikh Rasheed


LAHORE: Proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Saad Rizvi stood by the outfit’s demand for the closure of the French embassy when I spoke to him, Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed said Thursday.

In contrast to Rasheed, Mufti Muneebur Rehman had earlier this week claimed that the proscribed TLP had never wanted the government to expel the French ambassador, and nor did they want the closure of the country’s embassy as he disputed reports that these were the group’s key demands.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Mufti Muneeb had said: “The ministers lied the people who held talks with TLP lied about [the group] asking for the French ambassador’s expulsion, closure of the embassy, and severing ties with the Europen Union.”

Rasheed, while speaking to journalists today after attending a ceremony of Rescue 1122, said he had convinced Rizvi the matter would be discussed in the parliament.

“In this regard, I have signed an [agreement], which I stand by,” the minister said, adding he was unaware of any talks that took place in his absence.