Islamabad: After violent protests paralyzed most of the country, the French Embassy in Pakistan advised all French nationals and companies to leave the country temporarily. However, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid stated that there is no threat to French citizens in Pakistan.
“Due to the serious threats, French nationals and French companies are advised to temporarily leave the country,” the embassy said in a message to French citizens.
“The departures will be carried out by existing commercial airlines.”
The move came a day after the Pakistani interior ministry said it would outlaw the Tehrik-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a hardline Islamist group responsible for recent protests across the country.
TLP has always asked the Pakistani government to expel the French ambassador and support the boycott of French products.
Earlier, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that the notification to ban the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) will be issued today (Thursday), and another summary for the dissolution of the party will be submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
He said at a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday with Minister of Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri that the summary has been approved by the Federal Cabinet and the TLP ban will be issued soon.