Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Wednesday announced that the government has decided to ban Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) on request of Punjab government.
Sheikh Rashid, while addressing a press conference said that two policemen were martyred and 340 personnel sustained injuries due to violent protests while the party’s workers also tried to take a number of policemen hostage to force the govt to accept their demands.
The minister said that a detailed summary will be forwarded to the federal cabinet to ban the party.
It merits mention that government has deployed Rangers alongside police personnel as the protest by workers of a religious party has brought to standstill traffic in several major cities and highways; stranding thousands of commuters – women, elderly and children.
A police constable was brutally murdered by workers of the religious party on Tuesday at Shahdara in Lahore in violent clashes that erupted Monday.
Punjab Police-constable Muhammad Afzal, was deputed at the Shahdara police station.
Later Tuesday night another constable Ali Imran breathed his last in the Mao Hospital, the police said. He too was beaten by the TLP workers.
Sheikh Rashid directs to ensure writ of state at every cost
Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Wednesday said that the government will deal with an iron hand with those who take the law into their own hands.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad on to review the law and order, and the situation caused due to protest by a religious party.
The Minister directed the law enforcement agencies to ensure writ of the state at every cost.