More clashes as banned TLP continues protest in Pakistan

The group mentioned 5 supporters died within the clashes whereas at the least two police officers have been additionally killed.

Thousands of supporters of the banned far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have departed the japanese Pakistan metropolis of Lahore, clashing for a second straight day with police who lobbed tear fuel shells into the group, a celebration spokesman and witnesses mentioned.

The group mentioned on Saturday that 5 of its supporters have died within the clashes whereas at the least two police officers have been additionally killed.

“Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan lost two people Friday night and three more today to police firing,” the occasion tweeted on Saturday.

TLP members started their journey on Friday with the purpose of reaching the capital, Islamabad, to stress the federal government to launch Saad Rizvi, the occasion’s head.

Rizvi was arrested final yr amid demonstrations in opposition to France over the publication of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Police officers stand guard to dam the street throughout a protest rally by the TLP [Mohsin Raza/Reuters]

Police in Lahore wouldn’t touch upon the declare, however on Friday night time mentioned two of its officers had died.

“The clashes are still ongoing,” Rana Arif, a spokesman for Lahore police, advised the AFP information company. “This is a defensive operation by police against the mob … We are only doing shelling to control the crowd.”

Pakistan had deployed police and paramilitary personnel to forestall the demonstrators from leaving Lahore. Authorities additionally suspended cell phone service in elements of Lahore and blocked roads on Friday.

The state of affairs worsened when police tried to cease the rally-goers, witnesses mentioned.

The violence disrupted regular life in elements of Lahore, the place residents have been dealing with issues in reaching home due to the closure of some roads and continued clashes between police and TLP supporters.

Lahore is situated about 350km (210 miles) from Islamabad, and a lot of the rally-goers are strolling, though that they had organized buses and vehicles to reach the capital in a convoy.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, who was in Dubai to look at Pakistan compete in cricket’s T20 World Cup, was ordered by Prime Minister Imran Khan to return and monitor the state of affairs.