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Pakistan Islamist Party Threatens More Protests

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), an Islamist political party, has called off its protest in Pakistan following an agreement with the government.

The protest kicked off in early April in the eastern city of Lahore and continued for 12 consecutive days until late Thursday.

Before reaching an agreement, the party warned the Pakistani government that it would arrange a series of demonstrations across the country if their demands were not met.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the founder of TLP has demanded the government fully implement the Islamabad Agreement or face what he called consequences.

TLP and the government reached an agreement last year after TLP staged a three-week protest in Islamabad that turned violent toward the end.

An official from Punjab province told VOA that the government held rounds of negotiations with the Islamic cleric trying to get the group to end its protest.

Punjab government has had talks with Khadim Rizvi. We have tried to solve the matter as peacefully as we can, Malik Ahmad Khan, the spokesperson for Punjab government told VOA.

Unfortunately, these people play with people's religious sentiments and you know how sensitive the matter of finality of Prophet Mohammad is in Pakistan, Khan added.

Khan said government must try to find a permanent solution to these problems.

We need a permanent political solution for such situations and this should end for once and for all, he said.