There might be trouble brewing in the form of TLP protests again…
Late last night, news spread that Aasia Bibi had left the country along with her family and was traveling to the Netherlands.
Earlier this morning, the government called ‘fake news’ over rumors that Aasia Bibi had left Pakistan
It has become a norm to publish fake news for sake of headlines, #AsiaBibi case is sensitive issue it was extremely irresponsible to publish news of her leaving the country without confirmation, I strongly urge section of media to act responsible
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 8, 2018
There was news that she had been transferred from Multan’s prison to Islamabad late Wednesday night amid high security because of the threat to her life. However, due to the sensitive nature of the situation, officials are keeping news of her exact under wraps.
Rumors that she had left the country alone were enough to ignite anger from the far right groups in Pakistan.
Students from Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba protested outside the Press Club since they disagreed with the release of Aasia Bibi.
Today Students from different educational institutes of Lahore protesed outside Press Club Lahore against the release of #AasiaBibi after SC verdict. pic.twitter.com/wsfXtWvPnG
— Islami Jamiat-E-Talaba Lahore (@Lhr_Jamiat) November 8, 2018
And soon after, reports from all over the country of people being stuck in traffic because of demonstrations started coming out.
Heard mullahs are at it again. Brother in law got stuck somewhere close to I-8 for a good two hours.
— Nazu (@nazuksuratehaal) November 8, 2018
There’s a video circulating of TLP goons blocking Walton road #Lahore – can anyone please confirm ? Any other blockages across town?
— Aasim Z Khan (@aasimzkhan) November 8, 2018
Lahore thukar band 😂#kaahdim_hussain_rizvi
— husnain_aaly 🍃 (@AalyHusnain) November 8, 2018
Now time for ninja-ashiqeens ??? #lahore #TLP pic.twitter.com/PQZ0RolRfX
— Hira (@HiraShah163) November 8, 2018
There are even reports of traffic jams on the entrance to Lahore.
But police officials were saying that the protests were by Health Workers and not rightist groups.
Just confirmed from 15 that this protest was by health workers for salary issue not by any party. Even that has been cleared now @norbalm
— Shaheera Munir (@SpeakingOutLoud) November 8, 2018
But of course, people are convinced another protest will take place and are angry about it.
So TLP is again ready for protest today n tomorrow. Wht kind of morons they are? They are even more dangerous n worst than animals. May they all rot in hell. All fake Mullahs n Khadim rizvi are cancer for Pakistan. DON'T @ ME.
— Ambreen Riaz 🇵🇰 (@itx_Ambreen) November 8, 2018
#AasiaBibi left Pakistan 🇵🇰, according to some reports.
A TLP leader says govt violated the agreement and party has open option to relaunch its agitation movement.
Religious parties including Jamaat-i-Islami, JUI-F, JUP have already issued call to of protest on Friday.
— Iftikhar Alam (@penpusherhere) November 7, 2018
There are reports circulating of protests being organized by factions of Jamaat-e-Islami and MMA tomorrow, though so be careful in planning your trips out of your home
A viral WhatsApp message has been circulating, warning people about the proposed protests tomorrow by JUI-S, the faction led by the late Samiul Haq who was recently murdered under mysterious circumstances.
But there is still no clarity whether this is confirmed or not since the government is choosing to stay silent on the entire issue till now. We will keep updating you as the story evolves.
Have you seen any protests taking place in your city? Let us know in the comments.
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