ISLAMABAD: At least four policemen were among eight persons killed in fresh clashes between supporters of banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and police in Pakistan’s Punjab on Wednesday.
Over 263 others were injured in the incident that took place near Sadhoke in Punjab's Gujranwala district.
"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 was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the supporters of the outlawed TLP opened fire at police using Kalashnikovs. He also accused the TLP supporters of using AK-47s against the police.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar tweeted that the four police personnel were martyred due to firing by TLP workers, adding that 253 others had been injured in the violence. He further said that strict legal action will be taken against those involved in the violence.
کالعدم تنظیم کی جانب سے پولیس اہلکاروں پر تشدد اور فائرنگ انتہائی قابلِ مذمت ہے جس میں 4 پولیس اہلکار شہید ہوئے اور 253 زخمی ہیں۔— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) October 27, 2021
ان واقعات میں ملوث افراد کے خلاف قانون کے مطابق سخت ترین ایکشن لیا جائے گا۔
حکومت صوبے میں امن و امان برقرار رکھنے کی ذمہ داری بطریق احسن نبھائے گی۔