Why could PTI not manage TLP challenge?

16th Apr, 2021

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Supporters of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan disperse after police fired tear gas during a protest in Lahore on April 13. — AFP

There is no NCOC for TLP. This unfortunate point was brought home repeatedly in the last three days as violent cadres of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) unleashed mayhem across the length and breadth of the country. In the absence of a National Command and Operations Centre for such situations — recall the centralised control and decisive action from the NCOC for Covid-19 — the government appeared adrift. In fact, it was absent. Somewhere deep within the bowels of the Red Zone, men and women of power dithered, and vacillated, and dillydallied, untethered as they were from the steel frame of a hierarchical, clearly demarcated and un-overlapping decision-making structure.

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