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Lahore, Oct 28 : Four policemen among eight were killed and 263 injured in a clash between the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) activists and police personnel
Inspector-General Punjab Police Rao Sardar Ali Khan said on Wednesday, the TLP protesters had opened straight firing at policemen, leaving at least four dead and 263 injured.
The Express Tribune quoted the IGP as saying that this was not the first time that the banned group had attacked the police force, they have always challenged the writ of the state and adopted a strategy of violence.
“In 2017, the TLP had staged a sit-in in Faizabad. Can a state give permission that a group takes hostage an entire nation… and they start declaring people criminals and then the criminal be punished by state… and those it declares innocent should be released?” he questioned.
He also slammed the government for its earlier decision to release jailed TLP activists.
“Can the state make its laws and take all internal and external decisions based on the wishes of the banned group?” he asked.
He said, “The security of every citizen of Punjab is our responsibility. We will ensure the implementation of rule of law at all cost.”
Meanwhile, a TLP MPA from Sindh Assembly has said that four of their members died due to police torture and firing, The Express Tribune reported.
He also said the security agencies were harrassing journalists covering the protests.
This comes amid Interiror Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad announcing deployment of Rangers in the province for 60 days to maintain law and order.
The Pakistan daily quoted him as saying at a press conference, it is feared that the TLP may be listed amongst the internationally recognised terrorist outfits, saying “we won’t be able to handle their cases if that happens”.