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Four Police Men Killed, over 250 Injured by TLP Supporters in Violence

Four Pakistani police officers were killed and several others injured when armed party supporters clashed with security forces in a protest near Sadhoke on Wednesday.

“Four of our policemen have died, while 263 have sustained injuries after members of the banned organization opened fire on the forces during their protest,” Inspector General Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan said.

Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar also tweeted that the four policemen were martyred as a result of firing by TLP staff, adding that 253 others were injured in the violence. He said those involved in the violence would be prosecuted.


Later, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told a press conference that four policemen had been martyred in the violence.

The TLP is protesting the arrest of its leader Saad Rizvi, who was arrested in April when the party was ousted by the authorities and demanded that the French ambassador be expelled from Pakistan for publishing a series of pictures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a French newspaper.

The TLP also claimed that several of their activists had also been killed or wounded. Sajid Saifi, a spokesman for Rizvi, said two TLP supporters died when police opened fire at the rally in Sadhuke. Police said they were not aware of any deaths among demonstrators.

“Police did a massive shelling and also threw drums of acid on road to stop Ashiqaan-e-Rasool to proceed to Islamabad,” They said and warned the government that thousands of TLP workers will sacrifice their lives but will not budge from their demands.

In view of the incident, Sheikh Rashid announced that the Rangers had been summoned to maintain law and order in Punjab for 60 days following a spate of clashes between police and the banned TLP.

According to a notification issued by the interior ministry, ‘Rangers have been deployed in Punjab. The powers have been entrusted to Rangers in terms of section 4(3)(1) of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 within Punjab to prevent the commission of terrorist acts and scheduled offenses under ATA 1997 execute powers of police officers provided in the code of criminal procedure”.

“The TLP has turned into a militant organization as its members had opened fire on policemen using Kalashnikovs. The TLP is banned in Pakistan and now it is feared that it may be banned internationally too,” Sheikh Rasheed said.

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