Bloody clash between radical Islamic party supporters and Pakistan police, 8 dead

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At least 8 people, including 4 policemen, were killed in the latest clash between TLP supporters and the police in Pakistan.

Lahore: At least eight people, including four policemen, were killed in a new clash between supporters of the radical Islamic party and police in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Wednesday. Amid mounting tension, the Imran Khan government has decided to deploy Pakistani Rangers to deal with protesters in the province. Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that, taking into account the latest clashes, the Rangers have been called in for two months to maintain law and order in Punjab.

Thousands of supporters have been camping for 3 days

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) demand the release of the party chief, Saad Rizvi, and the expulsion of the French ambassador. More than 10,000 supporters of the banned TLP camped on GT Road between Muridke and Gujranwala during the last 3 days. Following the refusal of the Pakistani government Tehreek-e-Insaf, they began their march to Islamabad on Wednesday, after which clashes broke out between protesters and police in the Sadhoke area, some 50 km from Lahore. The government declared that it “could not comply with the TLP’s demand to expel the French ambassador.”

‘This area has become a battlefield’
TLP supporters protested in April after a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad was published in France, demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador and a ban on imports of French goods, after which the Punjab government called for “ public order. ” (MPO). arrested Saad Rizvi, son of the late Khadim Rizvi, founder of the party. A senior police officer said: “When the TLP activists arrived in Sadhok, they were forcibly detained by the police. This area became a battlefield. The police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters. Dozens of TLP workers, including police officers, were injured in the clashes.

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‘4 of our policemen died in the shooting’

Punjab Police Inspector Rao Sardar Ali Khan said: “During the protest, four of our policemen were killed while 263 others were injured in shots fired at the security forces by activists from the banned team.” Ibn-Ismail, a TLP official, said that at least four party workers were killed in police shooting. He warned the government that thousands of TLP workers would give their lives but would not back down from their demands.

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