Workers of the proscribed TLP have brutally tortured a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and took him, as well as four other police officials, hostage, spokesperson for Lahore CCPO Rana Arif said.
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Police said the violence occurred after “miscreants” — an apparent reference to TLP workers — attacked a police station and abducted the DSP, adding that it acted only in “self-defence”.
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“Today in the early morning, miscreants attacked Nawankot Police Station where Rangers and Police officers were trapped inside the police station and DSP Nawankot kidnapped and taken to the markaz,” the Punjab police said in a statement, referring to the TLP headquarters.
An operation was launched against the TLP activists when they attacked the police station and abducted the police officials including a DSP. Reportedly, police acted in the self-defense.
At least one oil tanker with 50,000 litres of petrol has been taken by the miscreants to the markaz. According to the reports, the miscreants were armed and attacked Rangers/police with petrol bombs and therefore police acted in order to protect themselves as well as public property.
Earlier, the government slapped a ban on the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) for its involvement in terrorism-related activities and for challenging the writ of the state.
The announcement for placing the TLP on the list of banned organisations was made by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at a joint press conference with Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri.
The notification that mentioned TLP a proscribed organization read the federal government “has reasonable grounds to believe that Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan is engaged in terrorism, acted in a manner prejudicial to the peace and security of the country, involved in creating anarchy in the country by intimidating the public, caused grievous bodily harm, hurt and death to the personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies and innocent by-standers, attacked civilians and officials, created wide-scale hurdles, threatened, abused and promoted hatred, vandalised and ransacked public and government properties including vehicles and caused arson, blocked essential health supplies to hospitals, and has used, threatened, coerced, intimidated, and overawed the government [and] the public and created sense of fear and insecurity in the society and the public at large”.
Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 11B(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, the Federal Government is pleased to list Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan in the First Schedule to the said Act as a proscribed organisation for the purposes of the said Act,” the notification added.
وطن عزیز کے حالات یہ ثابت کرتے ہیں کہ ہمارا سارا بندوبست مافیاز کے ہاتھ میں ہے۔
اشیاء، خدمات، گورننس، انصاف ، عقائد سب مافیاز کے ہاتھ میں ہیں۔
سول سروس، سیاست، معیشت و اداروں میں بھی انکا راج ہے۔
اگر ایک مافیا کو چھیڑا جائے تو وہ نظام روک دیتا ہے اور ہم واپس پہلے والی جگہ پر۔
— Tariq Mahmood Awan (@PMScivilservant) April 18, 2021
A senior civil servant based in Punjab shared through his Twitter account an analysis of the developing situation within the country. He wrote: “The situation in the homeland proves that our entire system is at the beck and call of Mafia. Goods, services, governance, justice, beliefs are all in the hands of the mafia. It also rules the civil service, politics, economy and institutions. If a mafia is teased, it stops the system and we go back to where we were before.”