Imran Khan (Photo Credits: Facebook)
Islamabad, April 22: The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a country formed on the basis of freedom of religious rights for its citizens, is a Muslim-majority state, where religious groups and organizations play an important role in the democratic system and political setup. In Pakistan, it is common for political parties to seek allegiance from various conservative and fundamentalist religious groups to gain political power, which can lead them to the victory throne to rule the country.
Many political parties have supported, facilitated and protected fundamentalist religious groups under the guise of political gains, enabling them to practice and disseminate their narratives of religion to the public Benefit. However, while many such religious groups have progressed and challenged the democracy of the country in the past, the recent rise in popularity and intensity of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has certainly raised serious questions that How does the country’s democratic system and government work. Also read: Indo-Canadian Drug Racket: Drug smuggling gang busted in Canada, 25 Punjabi person arrested
The TLP, a fundamentalist religious organization that had been part of the political race during the last general elections, was declared prohibited by the government led by Imran Khan, after which security officials were detained in the east and the devastation spread in the country. The popular identity of TLP is its aggressive reaction to any activity or action by any person or country targeting Islam and its Prophet Muhammad.
TLP’s main agenda has been to protest against any condemnation action or intention. It has gained support from all corners of the country. TLP protests have seen violence, disruptions, murders and vandalism. The TLP has certainly shown that its public presence and violent reaction to issues related to religion have again brought the current government and officials to their knees.