Multan Road opened for traffic
The Dera Ghazi Khan police have arrested 17 protesters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan for beating and injuring a policeman in Dera Ghazi Khan.
A video showed the protesters attacking Sub-Inspector Umar Farooq with sticks near Ghazi Gath after which he started bleeding.
Farooq was attacked after he instructed the protesters to clear the Multan Road so that the road could be reopened for traffic. The protesters had blocked the road on Monday following the arrest of their party chief Saad Rizvi.
The protesters had even pelted stones at policemen and injured 21 personnel, of which three are said to be in critical condition. The injured officers have been moved to the Teaching Hospital.
The policemen baton-charged the protesters and 16 men were injured.
The road has now been opened for traffic.
Reacting to the news, Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, the special representative to the prime minister on religious harmony, said that this is a distressing situation.
"I request, as a Pakistani Muslim man, the protesters to remain peaceful," he said. "Killing one person is equivalent to killing an entire humanity, and saving one person is like saving the entire humanity." Negotiations are the only solution. "This violence, be it from any side, should stop. Ramazan is starting, what message are we giving to the world? People have to go to buy supplies for Sehar and Iftar, supply lines are disrupted," he added.