Pakistan will treat banned Islamist party as militant group, govt says as 4 police officers killed, hundreds injured in clashes — RT World News

In massive clashes in Pakistan’s north eastern Punjab province, at least four officers were killed and many more hurt as police tried to stop an Islamist protest march in Islamabad.

Punjab’s Chief Minister Usman Buzdar confirmedThere were at least four casualties as reported by Twitter, with over 250 others injured. The police attempted to disperse the protesters by dispersing their march towards the capital but were met fierce resistance by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan supporters and members.

TLP organised the protests to demand the release Hafiz Sad Hussain Rizvi (who has been detained since April) It also charged the government with terrorism on Wednesday. “Living”About an agreement that was said to have been reached with the party regarding the cessation of demonstrations. also available
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TLP members used submachine guns and AK-47 assault rifles to attack police officers. A spokesperson for Punjab Police told Reuters.

Pakistan’s interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed confirmedAt least 3 officers died and 70 were injured during clashes. Eight are currently in critical condition, he said at a press conference. He also said that he was sending the Rangers – a federal paramilitary force – to Punjab, adding that the local government may use the unit “Wherever it will.”

Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Information Minister, stated Wednesday that government will treat the banned party in April as a militant organization and not as a political entity. “There’s a limit on the patience of the state.”He said that everyone is entitled to their opinions, but no one should be afraid to voice them.

“Nobody should think that the state of Israel is weak. People who made the same mistake in the past later realized that they had been wrong.”Chaudry stated, and added Islamabad “Will not tolerate those who challenge state writ.”

Information minister said, “The government doesn’t want to know.” “Blood to be spilled”He blamed TLP violence. also available
As Muslim hardliners call for an official boycott, eleven police officers were freed following violent anti-blasphemy protests held in Pakistan.

Reuters was told by party members that the police had injured and killed some of their activists. Rashid Ahmed was also charged by the group with “lying” regarding the settlement of all matters between the party and government.

Rashid stated Tuesday that the government would consider any demands of the party, except for the expulsion of the French diplomat.

In an attempt to stop marchers from reaching Islamabad, police blocked all roads leading to Islamabad Tuesday night. Some Pakistani media reports that additional police might deploy to the area and roads could be blocked with barbed wire and containers.

TLP, which was established in 2015 is known for their hardline views on Islam. They fought against any amendments to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and demanded Sharia be adopted as the national fundamental law. Although it was not approved by the Pakistani Parliament in 2018, the group still enjoyed the support and cooperation of nearly two million citizens.

In April 2021, the TLP was on collision course with government when it organised protests in Islamabad to press Islamabad for the release of the French diplomat. At that time, one of the party’s leaders – Rizvi – was arrested by the Punjab government to maintain Public order.Numerous people including police officers were injured in the unrest of April. Tensions eased when the government was said to have agreed to refer the question about the expulsive ambassador to the National Assembly.

Despite being banned in April by the government, TLP continued to be allowed to vote. The government engaged in discussions with the party. It continues to call for the release of its leader as well as 1,400 other activists. The party demanded that the ban on the party be lifted, and the French ambassador deported. also available
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