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TLP march rocks Pakistan, protesters chase down, shoot policemen

The government of Pakistan is preparing to make strict arrangements to stop those who are participating in the march of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) on Lahore. The Pakistan Army, Rangers and police forces have been ordered to stop the protesters.

Lahore: The government of Pakistan has decided to wipe out the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). In a meeting chaired by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, it has been decided that the TLP will be treated as a militant organisation. 

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According to Dawn, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference after the cabinet meeting that the government has decided to treat the TLP as an extremist organization and it will be wiped out. He said that the Government of Pakistan has already dealt with and wiped out such organizations. He said the government has defeated major terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda.

The government of Pakistan is preparing to make strict arrangements to stop those who are participating in the march of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) on Lahore. The Pakistan Army, Rangers and police forces have been ordered to stop the protesters.

The meeting also demanded that the Rangers be deployed for a period of 60 days in order to maintain law and order in Punjab province. The Pakistan government has categorically declared that it is unable to fulfill the TLP’s demand calling for the closure of the French embassy in Pakistan.

Policemen among several killed in TLP protests

At least eight people, including four policemen, were killed and more than 250 people were injured on Wednesday in a clash between militant outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and the police. In the bloodbath that took place 50 km from Lahore, radical miscreants chased and shot the policemen. 

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Hundreds of people are reported to have been injured in the incident, of whom more than a dozen are in critical condition. The clash took place over the non-fulfillment of demands for the release of TLP chief Saad Rizvi from prison and the expulsion of the French ambassador from Pakistan.

More than ten thousand supporters of the banned TLP, who have been staging a sit-in on the GT road between Muridke and Gujranwala for three days in protest against the non-fulfillment of their demands, started a march towards Islamabad on Wednesday. 

The strike started after the Pakistan government refused to expel the French ambassador. The organization had demanded the expulsion of the France ambassador from Pakistan in protest against the making of a controversial picture of Prophet Muhammad in France. 

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In April, Saad Rizvi, son of the late Khadim Rizvi, the founder of the militant organization TLP, was arrested by the Punjab government for disturbing law and order. According to the Inspector General of Punjab Police, Rao Sardar Ali Khan, four police officers were killed and 263 policemen were injured in Wednesday’s incident.

first published:Oct. 28, 2021, 2:48 p.m.

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