Eleven police officers injured, DSP held hostage
At least two supporters of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan were killed and 50 injured in a clash with the Lahore police Sunday afternoon.
During the clashes, the protesters held 11 policemen hostages who were released early Monding following the first round of talks with the government.
The protesters had gathered outside the party's Saddar office and were chanting slogans against the arrest of TLP chief Saad Hussain Rizvi. A police team was sent to the area at 8am to clear the protests.
During the operation, a clash broke out between the two groups near Multan road. Bullets were fired and stones were pelted. Eleven police officers were injured.
"Workers attacked police with petrol bombs," Lahore police spokesperson said. The injured officers have been rushed to a hospital.
He said that a mob of supporters barged into the Nawankot police station and held DSP Umar Farooq, five constables, and two Rangers officials hostage for hours. They reportedly tortured them as well.
The Punjab police in a statement said that “miscreants” attacked the Nawankot police station. Policemen and Rangers were trapped inside the station, while the Nawankot DSP was kidnapped.
“At least one oil tanker with 50,000 litres of petrol was taken by the miscreants,” they said, adding that the protesters attacked the law enforcers with petrol bombs. “The police pushed them back and took back the possession of the police station.” No operation was conducted against any mosque or madrassa.
Following this, a heavy contingent of police and security teams have been deployed to the protest sites.
Protests by TLP supporters erupted in major cities across the country Monday afternoon. The demonstrations lasted for three days in which hundreds of police officers were injured.
Thousands of supporters were arrested and booked for attacking police officers and blocking roads. On Thursday, Pakistan decided to ban the party.
The government has reasonable grounds to believe that the TLP “engaged in terrorism, acted in a manner prejudicial to the peace and security of the country”, a notification issued by the Interior Ministry stated.
The religious group “intimidated the public, caused grievous bodily harm, hurt and death to the personnel of law enforcement agencies and innocent bystanders”, it added.
The party has been proscribed under section 11B (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. It empowers the government to ban an organization involved in terrorism.
The ban will be placed under Section 11-B of the Ant-Terrorism Act, 1997, which gives the government powers to ban an organization involved or participating in terrorism.
Supporters of the religious party took to the streets earlier this week after their chief Saad Hussain Rizvi was arrested.