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Policemen stand guard as supporters of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) celebration participate in a protest whereas blocking a avenue, in Lahore on April 18, 2021. — AFP/Arif Ali
  • “Miscreants” assault Nawankot Police Station, injuring 6 policemen.
  • The deputy superintendent of police, together with 11 different policemen, held hostage by the miscreants.
  • Police didn’t plan or launch any operation towards the miscreants; they solely retaliated of their defence to rescue the hostages, says Firdous Ashiq Awan.

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar’s aide Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday stated that “miscreants” armed with petrol bombs attacked the Nawankot Police Station, taking 12 policemen hostage and leaving six injured.

Sharing an announcement by the Lahore police, she stated that owing to the assault, by which the attackers used petrol bombs and bottles of acid, Rangers and police personnel had been trapped contained in the police station.

The miscreants held the deputy superintendent of police hostage at gunpoint, together with 11 different policemen, and drove them to their markaz (comprising a mosque and madrassah) close by.

Other than attacking the police station and kidnapping officers, the miscreants additionally stole an oil tanker carrying 50,000 litres of petrol, she stated. 

In accordance with the police assertion, the police pushed again the miscreants and took again possession of the police station.

“Police did not plan or conduct any operation against the mosque or madrassah. The action, if any, was in self-defence and to protect public property,” learn the assertion. 

Awan, confirming the identical, stated that any motion taken was in self-defence and to rescue the cops taken hostage.

She stated that in clashes this week between protesters and police, six police personnel had been martyred, whereas greater than 700 had been injured. 

Buzdar says regulation and order intact throughout Punjab

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, in an announcement late Sunday night, stated that regulation and order throughout the province was intact.

“Police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies are performing their duties admirably,” he stated.

“Aside from one location in Lahore, the law and order situation in Punjab is satisfactory,” the chief minister added.

The chief minister appealed to most of the people to pay no heed to false info from unverified sources.

‘Govt believes in dialogue however it is not going to be blackmailed’

Commenting on Sunday’s incident, Federal Minister for Data & Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry stated that whereas the federal government believes in holding a dialogue with totally different events, it “will not be blackmailed” by violence.

“Police officials and Rangers personnel were abducted in Lahore, in response to which an operation had to be launched,” he stated, whereas reiterating that the federal government is not going to be blackmailed by banned organisations.

The minister added that, as a lot as different folks, Prime Minister Imran Khan can be an ardent follower of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) — one thing which he has proved again and again by mentioning the subject of respecting the Prophet of Islam on totally different boards.

TLP holds countrywide protests

Final week, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan — which was declared a proscribed organisation on Thursday — known as for protests and sit-ins throughout the nation which took a violent flip after protesters began clashing with the police. Consequently, no less than 3 folks — together with two policemen — had been killed. In the meantime, a whole bunch of police personnel sustained accidents whereas attempting to disperse the protesting crowd throughout the three-day protest.

In accordance with the police, the protesters additionally vandalised private and non-private property whereas blocking roads which result in large visitors jams in several cities of Pakistan, a few of which even lasted for greater than 5 hours. Owing to the visitors jams, flights needed to be delayed, whereas hospitals in Lahore confronted a essential scenario resulting from a scarcity of oxygen cylinders. 

Police arrest greater than 2,000 protesters 

In accordance with a report launched by the ministry of inside, 2,135 protesters had been arrested from throughout the nation for attacking the police and disturbing the regulation and order scenario of the nation.

In the meantime, the federal government determined to ban TLP beneath the anti-terrorism regulation.

Talking concerning the TLP’s negotiations, Rasheed stated the federal government needed to desk a decision within the Nationwide Meeting and needed to type a consensus on it however they (TLP) insisted on marching to the Faizabad Interchange.

“Our efforts to convince them failed. As far as the matter of Khatam-e-Nabwat is concerned, I am ready to give my life,” declared the minister.

He stated miscreants had snatched a rifle from a police officer and used it to fireplace at others in one of many protests.

The minister defended the federal government, saying it supposed to honour the settlement made with the TLP earlier.

Concerning the FIRs filed towards protesters, Rasheed stated they had been all filed in accordance with the regulation.

“I have never supported this party nor had ever met Khadim Hussain Rizvi (late TLP chief),” the minister stated, including the ban has been imposed resulting from TLP’s “character” and never resulting from any political compulsion.

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