Violence erupted in a number of cities in Pakistan because the police clashed with the protesting supporters of an Islamist political celebration demanding the expulsion of the French envoy over the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France.
At the very least one policeman was killed by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) which has additionally claimed that 12 of its employees have been shot lifeless by the police. Paramilitary forces have additionally been known as in to regulate the legislation and order in most cities of Punjab, a province of over 110 million folks.
Over 800 Indian Sikhs are amongst these affected by the street blockade by the TLP employees.
“The Indian Sikhs who arrived right here on Monday to attend the Vaisakhi pageant in Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hassanabdal, Rawalpindi, couldn’t attain there because of the protest.
“On Tuesday afternoon, the visiting Indian Sikhs left for Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hassanabdal in 25 buses which have been escorted by the police and the Rangers,” an official of the Punjab authorities informed PTI.
The Sikh pilgrims have been but to succeed in Hassanabdal on the time of going to press.
Requested about their anticipated arrival for the primary occasion which is scheduled for Wednesday, the official stated: “We count on that the Sikh pilgrims will attain their vacation spot by early hours of Wednesday.”
The Indian Sikhs are additionally scheduled to go to different holy locations in Punjab throughout their 10-day keep within the nation.
“The Sikh pilgrims have been to go away for his or her different holy locations from April 15 onwards. Nevertheless, if the TLP protest continues, they must keep in Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hassanabdal,” the official stated.
The TLP, which bagged 2.5 million votes within the 2018 common elections, blocked the roads throughout the nation following the arrest of its chief Allama Saad Hussain Rizvi, son of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi who died just a few months in the past.
The TLP, protesting the blasphemous caricatures revealed in France, is demanding the French ambassador’s expulsion and suspension of imports from France. It has set an April 20 deadline.
The Imran Khan authorities had reached an settlement with the TLP in November, 2020 to contain Parliament to determine in three months.
Because the April 20 deadline was approaching, the federal government made an anticipatory transfer and arrested the primary management of the TLP, together with its chief.
On Tuesday, TLP protesters lynched a policeman, stated the Lahore police.
A case has been registered in opposition to the TLP leaders, together with Saad Rizvi below homicide and terrorism costs. Its supporters clashed with the police at a number of factors of Lahore and different cities of Punjab.
Violent clashes have been additionally reported from Karachi. Equally, the hyperlink of all main motorways connecting with totally different cities of the nation was additionally minimize off by the charged demonstrators.
At some factors, the protesters surrounded the legislation enforcers to chant spiritual slogans. The police suggested residents to keep away from travelling unnecessarily.
In Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan was briefed on the TLP protest.
Federal Minister for Science and Know-how Fawad Chaudhry stated: “The federal government won’t succumb to the stress of the Islamists. If such teams allowed to prevail their will, then each such group will make the federal government hostage to its calls for”.
In the meantime, TLP spokesperson Tayyab Rizvi stated in a press release: “The protests will proceed until the French ambassador is deported”.
He stated that 12 celebration employees have been killed in firing incidents in Karachi, Lahore and Talagang.