Clash in Lahore: There has been a bloody clash in Lahore, Pakistan. Three policemen were killed and several others were injured in a clash between the supporters of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and the police. Lahore’s DIG (Operations) spokesman Mazhar Hussain said three policemen were martyred. Hussain said that several other people were also injured, they have been admitted to the hospital.
“The protesters also hurled petrol bombs at the officers,” he said. He said the authorities tried to stop the protesters from damaging public property. During this there was a clash. Let us tell you that thousands of supporters started a ‘long march’ from Lahore to Islamabad on Friday demanding the release of banned party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan President Saad Rizvi.
The people involved in the rally want to go to Islamabad so that they can put pressure on the Pakistan government for the release of Rizvi. Rizvi was arrested last year amid protests against France for making cartoons of Prophet Mohammad.
The government deployed police and paramilitary forces to prevent the protesters from moving beyond Lahore. Simultaneously, mobile services were suspended in many parts of Lahore and roads were closed. The situation in Lahore remains tense.
On behalf of Rizvi’s party, it was said that they were taking out a peaceful march and the police suddenly fired tear gas shells. Meanwhile, Islamabad’s main highway was sealed off with large containers and nearby roads were also closed to prevent protesters from entering towns and villages close to the capital. Lahore is about 350 km from Islamabad.
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