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LAHORE: Members of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were among the seven people killed during a clash between PAT protesters and policemen in Lahore on Tuesday.

According to initial reports, one of the deceased PAT supporters is a 16-year-old. Two women have also reportedly been killed in the skirmish, but authorities have not yet identified the deceased.

The Chief Minister of Punjab has held a meeting regarding the incident and has been briefed on the situation.

The party claimed that 12 of its supporters were killed in the skirmish, however the figure has not yet been verified by authorities.

“We received seven dead bodies including two women. All of them had bullet wounds,” said Dr. Abdul Rauf, Medical Superintendent at the city's Jinnah Hospital.

“We also received 80 injured, 40 with bullet injuries and 40 with other wounds. Two injured are critical,” he said.

Muhammad Rizwan, another member of the medical staff, confirmed that the dead bodies had been received.

Abdul Jabbar, a senior police officer, told AFP the clashes began when police went to the office of Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), meaning 'Pakistan People's Movement', in the city's Model Town suburb on Monday night.

“The PAT activists resisted the operations which caused clashes between the protesters and police,” he said.

“We went to the area again during the morning with additional force. The PAT activists pelted stones on policemen and our force used tear gas to disperse them. We managed to complete the operation and remove the barriers despite the resistance,” he added.

A spokesman for the PAT said up to 12 workers had been killed.

“They launched this operation to counter our peaceful movement and the 'green revolution' promised by Doctor Tahir ul Qadri,” he said.

“We pelted stones to resist direct firing by police over protesters. We have information that 12 of our workers have been killed,” he added.

On Twitter, PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri condemned the government for "harassing and killing" his party workers.

"The government, gripped by fear of my arrival, is harassing PAT workers," he posted, adding that it is an oppressive step taken by the government which would pave the way for promotion of terrorism.

"Several people have been martyred and they have entered the secretariat and my house," he said.

Straight shots were reportedly fired when elite force personnel showed up to disperse PAT supporters outside the Lahore residence of PAT chief Qadri. The police were attempting to remove barriers surrounding Qadri's residence when the clash erupted.

Supporters of PAT were being rounded up by the police and being taken to a nearby station in Model Town.

Earlier, 55 people had been arrested.

A view of a protester being arrested by police personnel.  — DawnNews screengrab
A view of a protester being arrested by police personnel. — DawnNews screengrab

In fresh arrests, 12 more were detained. Supporters were reportedly hiding in the PAT secretariat.

As police baton-charged the protesters, they began to hurl rocks at them. Moreover, the elite force had been firing straight shots at the protesters. Moreover, injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.

Police personnel from at least 12 police stations had been called to control the clash.

There were almost 1,000 police personnel on the site of the protest, according to latest reports. Due to the blockage of roads, commuters were also facing trouble.

Earlier, several area residents had overnight protested outside Qadri’s house in the presence of a large contingent of police personnel.

The residents had been demanding the immediate removal of the barrier outside Qadri’s house in Model Town.

PAT members were sprayed with tear gas and whipped by police personnel during the clash.

Qadri condemned police action on PAT members calling it cowardly. He added that the government could not stop his arrival nor could they stop the revolution that his party would be bringing in the country.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain also condemned police action on PAT members and demanded instant clearance outside Qadri’s residence and moreover showed support for Dr Qadri by announcing the observance of a countrywide a day of mourning tomorrow.

Comments (151) Closed

Mahmood Jun 17, 2014 10:51am

A revolution, it may be, but within the limits of the constitution I hope... and if my understanding is correct, the constitution does not allow any individual to take up arms against a legitimate authority (o.e. the police or uniformed force) or for that matter, to take up arms for anything other than self defense. I find it quite disgusting that these individuals have no respect for authority or for that matter anyone else.

Mr. Qadri - you have no right to take up public space! It does not belong to you, it belongs to the public! Mr. Qadri, please bring a revolution, but begin at home (in this case quite literally). Begin at home, and accept that any change will require all people to be treated equally. Including your royal highness (Mr. Qadri) himself. Otherwise, you're only fooling yourself with this so called revolution, it is just a fight for you to be in power instead of those your rebel against. Just for the purpose of learning a little bit more, why not try reading about African history. You may learn a thing or two about things to do and things not to do!

Mr. Qadri forgive me... but this isn't a revolution! You have blind followers but true leadership educates and shows light... not their own photographs!

saad Jun 17, 2014 10:51am

Nawaz Shareef is the biggest dictator of the muslim world. His family rules over the suffering people of Pakistan.

Mohammad Akhtar Jun 17, 2014 11:10am

Put Qadri behind bars, while entire nation is fighting terrorists this guy is creating trouble in the country. He is up to no good.

Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad Jun 17, 2014 11:29am

Is this justified to block roads and make life of hundred of people around? if these mullas claim to be an inqulabi leader must give up what he has, why such huge empires at public expense in the name of charity? why not law enforcement agencies remove hurdles from the common way which suppose to be used by many others living in the vicinity? where is Tahir ul Qadri ethics? why throwing stones on police, why shouldn't going to court if he is justified? such madaris must be discouraged....!

Just Someone Jun 17, 2014 11:50am

To Tahir ul Qadri: no more destabilization in the country. Please go back to where you came from. We know that all is not well but your protests will make it worse. Let the government work.

Khalid. Jun 17, 2014 12:24pm

You are absolutely right Mr. Malikpur.

naveed Jun 17, 2014 12:32pm

Shame on PmnlN. This is not democracy. This is other form of dictatorship.

talat Jun 17, 2014 12:40pm

Mr. Qadri has NO right to block roads for common citizens and he should be responsible for the loss of 2 persons.

Imran Jun 17, 2014 12:41pm

@Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad

Fyi - these barriers were put up by police which the protesters were trying to remove. Lao, he did go to Supreme Court where CJ Chaudhry refused ha I plea on the basis that he had dual Nationality which is ridiculous. Check your facts before commenting

talat Jun 17, 2014 12:44pm

@Mohammad Akhtar pl, add , he should be responsible for lives of 2 persons died in clashes.

maqsood Jun 17, 2014 12:47pm

I am not a member or supporter of PAT but after watching the media coverage, I cannot belive what is happening. The High Court should take immediate notice of this brutality, the concetrned SP should be arrested and murder case should be filed against Shahbaz Sharif. The Sharif brothers are basically dictators and they have not learnt the lesson. What do they think? Are they the owners of Pakistan?

Amer Jun 17, 2014 12:48pm

Nawaz has blocked more roads than anyone else in this country, don't you see that.

Kublai Jun 17, 2014 12:50pm

Nawaz and his brother Shahbaz are walking on very thin ice. Very thin. Qadri is not Musgarraf.

maqsood Jun 17, 2014 12:50pm

@Mohammad Akhtar . No, Shabaz Sharif should be sent behind bars along with the concerned police officers. The sharif brothers have not learnt the lesson. They will not get another chance.

Ahmed Jun 17, 2014 12:51pm

Tahirul Qadri is responsible for the lives lost today. He should be charged with the offense and put behind bars. The country needs to put all its energy for the battle going on in the tribal belt. No one wants this clown addressing from his air conditioned container and create instability.

Ahmad Khan Jun 17, 2014 12:52pm

FIR should be registered against Qadri for instigating people.

Azmeen Jun 17, 2014 01:02pm

There should be NO hurdles on road ways to facilitate traffic. Qadri must have seen in Canada and many other countries that it is illegal to obstruct traffic.

ZX Jun 17, 2014 01:03pm

No one other than the Politicians and PMLN family members are allowed to block the roads and build huge mansions from public funds. PAT!!! how dare you!!

John Malik Jun 17, 2014 01:05pm

Tahir ul Qadri lives on welfare in Canada. His Canadian citizenship should be revoked.

tanveer Jun 17, 2014 01:16pm

useless man, may be on a mission from Canada and the mission is to spoil our country.

mk Jun 17, 2014 01:18pm

Put nawaz and shahbaz behind the bars and pakistan would take a breath of relief.

Riz Jun 17, 2014 01:18pm

Qadri has his own agenda which is not in congruence with a free democratic and strong Pakistan. He should be taken to task for unnecessarily creating trouble along with Imran Khan.

Ali Jun 17, 2014 01:18pm

Qadri claims he will over-throw the government and he has armed men inside his barricaded house! He should be tried under terrorism and treason charges.

Hani Jun 17, 2014 01:19pm

It's a shame that Dawn news only states "Youth, woman among 6 killed..." what about the policeman who also died? The Youth and Woman were intentionally part of a senseless protest. The policeman died in duty.

The reason why i am pointing this out is that people build their views on an incident based on news titles.

S Jun 17, 2014 01:20pm

What does this guy even want to do?

Nazim Jun 17, 2014 01:20pm

Such is the professionalism of our police and Punjab govt. Kill the agitated stone throwing protestor to destroy a family and make a hero out of a political non-entity (Qadri). Sending a 1000 'strong' policemen to control an un armed protest was an overkill and it just backfired. There has to be a better way to tackle Qadri and the govt is just clueless... Where is the political experience they trumpeted before the elections?

Nabeel Pervez Jun 17, 2014 01:21pm

Shame on him and all those trying to score political points during these testing times.

shane Jun 17, 2014 01:24pm

Qadri is not sincere with his workers not a little bit. He is trying to get them killed.

Atif Jun 17, 2014 01:26pm

Whatever the case the use of arms by police on protestors cannot be justified. Police brutality is also at fault here.

Mateen Jun 17, 2014 01:27pm

@Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad - Where's your proof that the protesters threw stones at the police?

In any real democracy forming demonstrations is a FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT of the People. Using the police to violently suppress demonstrations shows how the government does NOT care about the voice of the people.

This incident is a very shameful act and puts us in league with many other ruthless governments which condone policebrutality.

An inquiry should be made over the killing of 5 innocent civilians and these policeofficers should be brought to justice.

MUNIB Jun 17, 2014 01:27pm

I was watching TV in morning and one could clearly see these PAT guys holding rods and hockey sticks and acting like WARRIORs attacking public property and police.

These should be taken to task strongly for creating disturbance.

tariq Jun 17, 2014 01:28pm

If no body is to block roads, then why there are so many barriers near homes of high ups or govt officials ?

Sultan Alvi, Canada Jun 17, 2014 01:29pm

Nooras are nervous about TuQ's arrival in the country. This is another form of Dhandli, the govt is doing to stop Dr. Qadri from coming back. These cowardly tactics will not work.

JQ Jun 17, 2014 01:29pm

5 lives lost, Qadri come out of your residence and keep their dead bodies on your shoulders ...............

Ali Jun 17, 2014 01:29pm

Punjab Police and Law ministry is concered for this road blocking, then also remove the blockage in Rawind and CM house and other places, this is condemn able to take life of the people for such a things.

AKA Jun 17, 2014 01:30pm

At a time when nation needs unity PMLN is widening the divide. What a shame

Abdul Jun 17, 2014 01:32pm

What has prompted police to kill protesting civilians by firing at them. Law enforcement agencies should be accountable for the authority vested in them. Government has pushed the panic button and bloodshed can only ignite anger amongst already burdened people. Sense prevails nowhere in the society.

excalibur Jun 17, 2014 01:35pm

shame on PML N master deflectors who have now opted for the NW Operation to divert the attention of the masses and deflate PTI jalsa and PAT march Shame on PML N to self preserve their corrupt governance at the cost of the nation Pathetic

Moon Jun 17, 2014 01:37pm

Qadri Please Give us a break now. we have seen so much violence. Please let them work now. War on our nation head and you r trying to proof what. you want to see our country like Egypt. what you want.

Jawad Asif Jun 17, 2014 01:42pm

Surprised to see few comments against those people who are protesting and got killed here. If its only the question of barriers then just go to clifton and see even a small police grade officer has barriers in front of his house. check the barriers in front of all the rulling elite. Why govt is now removing the barriers from that place.

This is a total propaganda, they sent the police here to create panic and nothing else. They can't stop the flood of people now, this shows there political non sense attitude.

Al Quresh Jun 17, 2014 01:44pm

Its such shame in the democracy of Pakistan that people are targetted by the government for no reason.

I do not support anyone, in fact i think all of these politicians should be locked up in jail and a system which is was dreamed by Muhammad Jinnah Ali should be implemeneted where more power is given to people. Sorry but currently we the people of Pakistan do not have any rights nor any true representatives in the parliament. in fact its a gimmick.

I remember when Nawaz Sharif supporters were given the same treatment by Musharraf gov and now they are doing the same on others..... Hypocrites will never succeed in life.... We the people of Pakistan need to wake up.... We have no rights. no freedom. there is no law and order.

Ameed Jun 17, 2014 01:47pm

Mr. Qadri, shouldn't you be raising your voice in the NA? Oops, forgot that you have no representation in NA. So what is it you are aiming for? Toppling the government? No? Then what?

Or is it that you want the back door to power as you are certain that you do not have a strong enough vote bank to put you in power so topple the current government and try to get the power via old dirty tricks? If this is not it then what exactly is it? Please clarify?

Hassan Nasir Jun 17, 2014 01:49pm

The Might is Right, isn't it?

I have seen roads barricaded for many of the VIP's houses, doesn't anyone has anything to say to them?

And besides, anybody who goes against the 'TAKHT' shall perish, the near and the distant past is replete with such examples.

Long live the people's choice, long live Autocracy!

A concerned Pakistani Jun 17, 2014 01:50pm

@Mohammad Akhtar I agree 100 percent. People like Qadri are trying to divert attention form the main focus of the nation at this time and are trying to create problems for the government.

Hira Jun 17, 2014 01:50pm

@ Maqsood I agree at the end of the day innocent people died because of the brutality of this Govt.......this govt has no tolerance and this needs to be stopped immediately.. Media, CJ and other political parties must play their role in stopping this nonsense. If we have to witness such things what we watched today than there is no point having a so called democracy in the country.

jasim khan Jun 17, 2014 01:57pm

the third Reich was also a legitimate authority, so was stalin's and Saddam's and Pinochet and Assad's. The point is not of the legitimacy; the purpose of the govt is to work for the people by the people, not bureaucrats and businessmen or anyone who desires power. I do not understand why would police personnel with weapons and resources feel the need to shed blood. What was the sin of the 16 year old girl that she deserved death other than having a right to her opinions? Our faith is under attack from those who think that killing in the name of Allah is jaiz, and on the other side we are being held hostage by power hoarders and absolute corrupt regimes; leaving the faithful imprisoned. Truly only Allah is the protector of His true followers and the punishment for the oppressors waits until He wills it.

Muhammed Ali Jun 17, 2014 01:59pm

I hear army boots..

JdX Jun 17, 2014 02:17pm

Shame on the police.

Hamza Jun 17, 2014 02:21pm

Dictatorial act by Punjab Govt highly condemnable from all corners of the world

Haroon Jun 17, 2014 02:24pm

To all those people blaming Mr Qadri, next time you take to streets in a protest(if at all you leave the premises of you drawing rooms), please remember if you get killed no one will stand by you. Infact you will be blamed for inciting the police and deserving to get killed. Police should use force as a last resort and not kill 16 year old and women. Point.

qamar Jun 17, 2014 02:27pm

you should act upon your words Mr. Qadir. you have a dual face. you talk about peace and on the same time you are playing with the lives of innocent people. being only a teacher of a Madrisa, you claim to be a leader of whole Pakistani nation. come on face off yourself.

Zaheer Jun 17, 2014 02:28pm

@Mahmood Why is Nawaz Shareef family allowed to barricade their houses in same Model Town vicinity and police stands guard to roads leading up to Hafiz Saeed's residence in Johar Town?

Imran Khan Jun 17, 2014 02:29pm

Now it's clear that Sharif brothers are afraid... Let the PAT supporters protest peacefully. At least they won't kill anybody which is their democratic right!

Zohaib Jun 17, 2014 02:30pm

Today we have seen that nawaz shareef government just want to stay in power and use it for their own benefits not

for the people just like worst dictatorial governments did in the past.

zafar Jun 17, 2014 02:35pm

@Mohammad Akhtar are you justifing killing of a dozen innocent peoples ??

ali ahmed Jun 17, 2014 02:37pm


imran ali Jun 17, 2014 02:39pm

@ Malikpur Janderbari it justified to kill people..there is also road block around Shareef house in model colony

@expat Jun 17, 2014 02:56pm

An unfortunate show of unintelligent ,low IQ behavior from both sides.I never understood ,why people die for opportunist politicians and why police ruthlessly kill their own people for autocratic ,ruthless, demented rulers.

Anarchist Jun 17, 2014 02:57pm

@Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad Totally agree. Lets start with the Sharifs and other powerful persons who have occupied public spaces.

Waqar Jun 17, 2014 02:57pm

Human life has no value in Pakistan. 7 people are killed to remove the barricades. Punjab Police should adopt other means to manage the protestors like water cannon, rubber bullets instead of using batons and live bullets. In other countries they have specially trained police to manage such situations. Supreme Court should take action and remove Rana Sana Ullah.

Naveed Bajwa Jun 17, 2014 03:08pm

police force done as per situation, well done police.

ATIQ Jun 17, 2014 03:09pm

Whatever agenda Mr. Qadri has or is intended to have, such a violant mean of handling the conflict from both the parts is by no mean encouraging. Peace should be given the chance. Policy of consensus should be followed.

Bilal Jun 17, 2014 03:12pm

We should find a way to make a complaint with Canadian government whose citizen is trying to overthrow a democratic government in Pakistan and having innocent people killed on the roads. Shame for you Qadri, come outta your 'container' and take the responsibility of casualties.

Everyone says innocent ppl killed, nobody mentions what these 'violent innocents' did to police and public property in the first place.

richered Jun 17, 2014 03:18pm

killing innocent people is the shameful act by government.

immortal_soloist Jun 17, 2014 03:20pm

Real dictatorship is in the process right now.

Sham democracy.

khurram Jun 17, 2014 03:23pm

Is this not Terrorism now Killing innocent people? where is freedom of speach now?

HumanBeing Jun 17, 2014 03:32pm

@Mahmood These barriers were put by the police themselves in the first place. You should fear God before coming up with any theory to support an oppressor. There are people being killed for God sake.

Unity Jun 17, 2014 03:34pm

Please spread love, unity. stop violence. qadri aur pmln awam per rahm karo.

Ali Abbas Jun 17, 2014 03:38pm

In which country of the world, police opens fire on its own civilians? This the worst government of Pakistan history. No Words. Speechless.

Suhaib Jun 17, 2014 03:44pm

What abt road blocks/barriers in front of Raiwand & Bilawal Houses?

baakhlaq Jun 17, 2014 03:48pm

Why were the barriers required by an Awami and religious leader? To be Awami one should be close to the people and not hiding behind different hurdles and restrictions, our religion also does not allow encroachments or illegal occupation of the state land.He deserves severe punishment for exciting people to protect his illegalities,

Anila Jun 17, 2014 03:52pm

Tahir ul Qadri is weakening the state while we fight the terrorists. His armed brigade did just what Lal Masjid habitants did. They use young females to fight the police. They used fire arms, sticks and bricks. Qadri should be jailed and tried for treason.

Humza Jun 17, 2014 04:03pm

If Mr Qadri has nothing to hide or fear, why brandish the weapons? Why not let the police calmly check your madrasa for any suspicious items or so. He happens to be a hypocrite; residing in Canada and talking for the masses in Pakistan, which too he talks wrongly and talks only for himself and probably his supporters.

He's up-to no good.

Yawar Jun 17, 2014 04:09pm

When Qadri's supporters protested in Islamabad, the PPP made sure no one was harmed. I am not a supporter of PPP by any means. But I simply note PML-N's vindictive nature.

mubasher Jun 17, 2014 04:10pm

Nothing justifies violence, this applies to both police an protestors. Burden of proof is upon the police and authorities. Fear the accountability and be just no matter what side you are on.

Raja Farhat Abbas Jun 17, 2014 04:24pm

@@expat Your comment is ''spot on'' my friend.

Zaka Jun 17, 2014 04:42pm

Dear Army/Raheel Sharif - please takeover.

Ifti Jun 17, 2014 04:42pm

Regardless if one is for PAT or otherwise, killing of 7 individuals is barbaric and brutal. It is unacceptable that a democratically elected Govt. behaving like common thugs and target killers. CM, IG and minister of interior if they have any shame should tender an apology and resign.

Zafar Jun 17, 2014 04:51pm

As I predicted 2 days ago, this government is digging its own grave. Can't see them lasting too long.

I hope sharif brothers and co are placed on ECL asap, they have blood on their hands of innocent peaceful public.

Sinai Jun 17, 2014 05:03pm

Protester are to be disrupted/contained if they are illegal but Punjab govt can not murder it's citizens. I am surprised how can CM Shabaz get away with it.

Salman Jun 17, 2014 05:06pm

Is there any VALUE of human life in Pakistan?

Shahid Jun 17, 2014 05:08pm

I think we are heading towards another blunder. There have been many rallies and show of strength in past, with no results so let one more but Punjab government and Rana Sana Ullah is doing blunder. Punjab Govt. should hire people who have working brain in their head ... before its too late.

ebrahim Jun 17, 2014 05:11pm

Tahir ul Qadri should be ashamed of bringing women observing Purda on streets, where Islamic scholar say that in this times it is better for woman to observe namaz at home then going to Masjid

Salman Jun 17, 2014 05:14pm

So if I go and protest against the corruption I will be killed, this what they telling us, KEEP CALM AND SUFFER CORRUPTION

Anonymous Jun 17, 2014 05:21pm

Dr. Tahir - ul - Qadri is NOT responsible for the lives lost today. Everybody knew and knows what they are getting into by joining him including myself. They want a revolution JUST as much as he does. They could have run away but they chose to stand up for what they believed in and bravely yet peacefully defended themselves against the disgusting, brutal attacks of the police. He is going to Pakistan for a revolution and this time he is not coming back. If the police are the ones that murdered them then why not blame the police? Or the Government? The government is corrupt and things are getting worse and worse, terrorist attacks are increasing something needs to be done ASAP and the only person who is truly doing something is Tahir-ul-Qadri, what are we doing?

shuaib Jun 17, 2014 05:25pm

@saad That slot is reserved for General (Rtd) Pervaiz Musharaf and General (Rtd) Sisi

Ali Jun 17, 2014 05:26pm

Many people are complaining why some public space is blocked around Mr. Qadri's home. Why don't these complain when these "democratic rulers along with extended family members block the roads, traffic, public spaces and move along with a 10s of security staff". Anyway there is NO justification for firing straight bullets to citizens.

Anonymous Jun 17, 2014 05:29pm

. Well actually the police first attacked at night, on orders from the government to allegedly break down the barriers yet they ended up killing and injuring people. They are the ones who have used guns and tear gas. The police created the disturbance. In fact (and this was caught on camera) there was an injured police officer and some PAT members were offering to take him to hospital, even though it was the police who were attacking. They intruded on people whilst they were sleeping and beat people up, all the the PAT people had was sticks and stones which they were only using for defence, how are you justifying the police's actions yet criminalizing the innocent civilians' actions? The thing is, in incidents like that people turn to the police for help, but who could these people ask for help? The police?

khan usman khel Jun 17, 2014 05:46pm

@saad .... Credit goes to PML"n"

Akeel Ahmed Jun 17, 2014 05:50pm

the government has to protect the rights and lives of the people not to kill the poor people in such corruption and terrorism country. Police has been brutal in the entire episode. we need safety, protection and corruption free state.

malik Jun 17, 2014 05:50pm

Shame on Pmln...

K Jun 17, 2014 05:56pm

I am no supporter of Qadri & never liked him but on watching live media coverage I have no doubt that Police was the intruder & causing havoc. I agree barriers should be removed but to all those ignorants, have you never saw barriers put up outside sharif's house in Model Town ? or outside his palace in Raiwind (protected by 1500 policemen) or Roads blocked by ISI or FIA in Islamabad?? Stop this non-sense, Sharif's are worst dictators under Democracy umbrella...Have you ever heard in developed countries that police fires & kill civilians? Ever ? These cowards can't protect commoners instead they are making life of people miserable..Shame on all who abuse their power

Gulfraz Jun 17, 2014 06:09pm

@Mahmood ..Trying to sound educated and calm dos not change the facts on the ground..these people have bullet holes in them, yet they were not armed, whats the difference between a Palestinian kid throwing stones to the tyrants waving guns? The police acted brutally and Islam, which is the supreme rule ( or should be) in Pakistan gives you the right to pick arms if attacked in this nature..Qadri is better than the sharif brothers, thats more than enough for a man who has a brain to think and knowledge to reflect upon! This government has to go, or the masses will join TTP and then there will be something to worry about..You're ill informed and your views are stupid, hence the reason for Pakistan's crisis, the foolish trying to guide those who already know whats happening

Muhammad Atif Jun 17, 2014 06:10pm

These 'sharifs' always try to become pharaohs whenever they are in power. How innocent these sharif's supporters are!! in which country they live? did they ever see the home of any VVIP in Pakistan? They are fortified and no one is allowed to go near them.

Rauf Jun 17, 2014 06:13pm

Tahir Qadri has right to protest peacefully. Though media did not report how it happened. But what is clear that Punjab police is incapable of crowd handling

dEMON Jun 17, 2014 06:23pm


Javed Rahman Jun 17, 2014 06:24pm

@saad You have no idea Tahirul Quadri is a biggest fraud , he collects welfare for himself in Canada by telling lies to the govt, is this the Islam he is preaching in Pakistan. He is a munafiq

M.M.Sherazi Jun 17, 2014 06:32pm

Protests must be carried out within certain limits in observing the law and order situation. It is understandable that security forces (Police) shall retaliate, and the ones who try to impede the legal process of maintaining law and order situation. Mr. Qadri, should not play with the lives of the innocent and religious people of Pakistan.

zobia khan Jun 17, 2014 06:36pm

Another mullah??????? When will be rid of these people. If you notice these religious types have no problem with putting their own people in harms way. Thats because they believe of themselves as the cause, so anyone dying for them will go to janna. Ridiculous.

khuma Jun 17, 2014 06:50pm

Tahir ul Qadri a foreigner working on foreign agenda wants to destablize the country at a time when the nation is engaged to defend itself from the barbarian terrorists.

imranrahbar Jun 17, 2014 06:59pm

this is a crumbling state, rascals and thugs rule.

tahir Jun 17, 2014 07:06pm

Shame on you Mr.Qadri, living on Social compensation in Canada and exciting violence in Pakistan, also see your previous track record regarding the verdict by the high court lahore.

Imad Qureshi Jun 17, 2014 07:18pm

After looking at some comments, it is clear that Nawaz Sharif also has a machinery making sure its support in Social media. While I am a strong supporter of democracy and I don't want military at any cost but this I hope is the beginning of the end for this government. PPP which in my personal opinion is far more corrupt, didn't stopped any peaceful protests including a blockade of Islamabad by TahirUlQadri.

Ahmed Jun 17, 2014 07:20pm

Lahore is getting the taste of Karachi. This has happen to MQM workers since 1984. Lets' see how long Lahories will stick to their leader. Good luck to Dr. Qadri. I support his struggle and point of view.

Ahmad Khan Jun 17, 2014 07:21pm

As usual, inocent killed, the instigator beast survived.

Mussadaq Jun 17, 2014 07:25pm

Stupid democracy ....................................

imran ali Jun 17, 2014 07:27pm

when Qadri supporters protested in Islamabad for many days ,there was no violence and killing during PPP rule...i salute PPP for its tolerance..

Mussadaq Jun 17, 2014 07:28pm

Bad representation of democracy...................................

dictator Jun 17, 2014 07:34pm

The brutality displayed by the Punjab Police is reminiscent of dictatorial rule. This does not happen during a democratically elected government. Nawaz Sharif has lived up to his reputation as a civilian dictator.

Jatoi Jun 17, 2014 07:40pm

Its a state terrorism.

Shaheen Jun 17, 2014 07:46pm

I watched videos attached herewith very sadly. Gunfire, live bullets in response of stoning from unarmed protesters. I observed before this type of behaviour from Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinians. Down with Punjab police and Punjab government.

sheikh Jun 17, 2014 07:51pm

I love how MQM tries to jump into all matters, trying to stay relevant. Had MQM been in the govt with PML-N, Altaf Bhai would have called TuQ a traitor trying to derail democracy. Pathetic.

Javed Rahman Jun 17, 2014 08:29pm

@mk Why not put you behind bars

Muzaffar Qureshi Jun 17, 2014 08:35pm

Mahmood, I won't repeat what you have said already. Mr. Qadri and his fellow travelers should do something positive for the people he claims to lead. Shame on people who encourage FASAD.

Raj Jun 17, 2014 09:06pm

Unarmed women also shot with bullets ??.. Man, something is not right and straight.

Aysha Jun 17, 2014 09:08pm

Isnt this qadri a Canadian citizen? what is he doing in Pakistan? who is funding him to create all this chaos?

Fatema Jun 17, 2014 09:10pm

Sad day when innocent unarmed protesters are killed.

Syed Ahmed Jun 17, 2014 09:13pm

Punjab government has accelerated PML(N)'s down fall. The act is more or less similar to Lal Masjid operation and storming of the Supreme Court in 1997.

Zafar Jun 17, 2014 09:59pm

Our apathy knows no bounds. This is mainly an unarmed but obdurate crowd that is a victim of state brutality, and we are lectured about the bounds of constitution for protest.

Sara Y Jun 17, 2014 10:13pm

the government should eradicate this radicalism.

Naseema Perveen Jun 17, 2014 10:44pm

Mr. Qadri is a bone of contention, the nation is fighting terrorism he should stay away.

bilal Jun 17, 2014 11:08pm

@Ahmad Khan FIR should be registered against pmln leadership for this criminal behaviour !

Syed Jun 17, 2014 11:16pm

@Mateen not if u don't get an approval. There is no state where u can launch demos without approval and then being caressed by the police! Not even in America!

Syed Jun 17, 2014 11:20pm

@Jawad Asif it's not the right time for another uprising If this Canadian would care for Pakistan's future he would not spread hatred and anarchy while operations against barbarians and extremists are on going! This is to intervene between those operations. If he is pro Taliban and against national security he should be punished and so his followers!

Dr.faaiza Jun 18, 2014 12:50am

@Naveed Bajwa And shame on you! The shot people at point blank! women got shot in the face??? In what word does the police shot protesters on their face,neck torso with live rounds!!! Protesters are always angry but you do not shot the in their heads for that!

ThisLoser Jun 18, 2014 01:01am

The nation is at war and this thug decides to lead a rally? Get some brains and show some respect man go back to Canada

Abdullah Abbasi Jun 18, 2014 01:07am

Unlike general perception, its not if Qadri is right or wrong. The way this situation has been dealt shows lack of control and training of Punjab Police. If CM can take credit for each and every development project in the province and personally wants to monitor health and control police, he should take responsibility for their failure too. This is worst form of democracy. Definitely calls for resignation from Law Minister at least!

AA Jun 18, 2014 01:38am

What happened in Lahore is a very sad event and I wish Police would have not caused this law and order situation. Both government and the political parties must show discipline for the country. Country is passing through a very challenging time. No one should took power through ill means. We should use votes to settle our differences. And indeed the focus should be to make the voting system transparent. Pakistan Armed forces are facing law and order situation in the tribal region-this is not the time we want to see another front in the country.

Tea Are Jun 18, 2014 02:04am


The residents demanded the removal and therefore police were trying to remove the barricades when the clashes started. Mr Qadri's followers apparently were resisting removal of barricades (and not the other way round).

Agreed with most posters- Mr. Qadri has no right to inconvenience the common masses/neighbors in the name of security. And the way their blind followers follow them- they could always show them the path to peace instead of making more aggravating comments.

Muhammad Farooq Jun 18, 2014 03:29am

It is really surprising that police need to shower bullets to control unarmed protestors. Is there no accountability at police or elite force level?

My deepest felt condolences for the famalies of those who were killed so heartlessly. Rest in peace!

Sultan Rahi Jun 18, 2014 05:04am

Such a sad news, it really damped spirits. I think Pak Army should stop their operation against foreign terrorists and start take an action against domestic terrorists starting from Lahore.

NASAH (USA) Jun 18, 2014 05:56am

To outsiders it looks like the LATHI-LESS version of the Lal Masjid in Islamabad. So the brutality of the Punjab police was totally uncalled for and way out of proportion.

Syed Ahmed Jun 18, 2014 06:12am

@Mahmood: Dr Thair ul Qadri is a Pakistani - Canadian, a legitimate expatriate. His roots are in Pakistan and has every right to do whatever necessary for safeguard Pakistan from the vultures who are out to sell it to foreign powers. People who oppose expatriate Pakistanis from taking part in countries politics thrive on their remittance - isn't it a shamelessness?

ALI Jun 18, 2014 06:16am

The government must send a bill to Mr. Qadri for not just removing the barriers but any other losses to businesses and government.

Rafiq Jun 18, 2014 07:21am

@Naseema Perveen Don't be stupid. Dr Qadri is the one who wrote a 600 page fatwa against terroristm!

Rafiq Jun 18, 2014 07:22am

@saad Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif together with Rana Sanaullah should be arrested before they destroy the country.

Syed (Australia) Jun 18, 2014 07:36am

Tahir ul Qadree is the first leader who openly supported the military operation and stand beside his armed forces that is the main reason why the Federal and Punjab government punished him before his arrival.

Mohammad Akhtar Jun 18, 2014 08:58am

Is Qadri with taliban too...does some one know?

nasir Jun 18, 2014 09:19am

if Shabaz is behind it, he should be arrested not resigned from his post

Freeman Jun 18, 2014 09:45am

Yes, Nawaz could be worst then dictators but this is democracy. We voted for him and he will back to get approval after 5 years. We will have a chance to through him out. On the other side, Qadri does'nt believe in election and democracy. If he came to power, we will not have a chance to through him out. If qadri believes people are with him then he should stand in election, not on roads

Syed Munir Iqbal Jun 18, 2014 09:57am

This is not the time for Qadri to create a situation when the whole country is taking a final stand with the Pakistan Army on terrorism. Qadri sahib you should be praying for the country not preying on this country.

Hayat Jun 18, 2014 10:30am

This is truly horrible.....I can't believe this can happen in a democratic country ......How can police actually fire on unarmed protestors.......They were throwing what....who has given police the right to fire on a peaceful procession.........

tayyaba Jun 18, 2014 12:50pm

very sad news reality is that actually government only want to divert attention of public from major issues by not stopping this type of act. all media and public run through it for 2 or 3 days and after that we will get any other news for arguments.

saad Jun 18, 2014 05:13pm

i wonder the time when the whole nation should back Army, this man Qadri is up to his mission again for distracting ppl by creating new fronts. Plz let this nation be united at this time rather than wasting time on ppl like u who are working for enemies of Pakistan, a foreign funded agent.

Shiraz Jun 18, 2014 06:20pm

As a Pakistani citizen who does not support PML N or PAT, this is disturbing. I blame both leaderships for craving more power. But most importantly, many of my fellow Pakistanis were injured or killed at the hands of Punjab Police. This is unacceptable. Finally we see how political parties have their goons, and their own police officers in powerful positions. I hope the nation learns from this and I pray for those who have perished. Seems like PML N is determined to dig their own grave.

NASAH (USA) Jun 18, 2014 08:18pm

Tahirul Qadri is not blameless -- there is blood on his hand too -- but who ordered the police to shoot to kill on a mix crowed of men women old people and children? Who?

That head or heads MUST roll -- no matter how high it reaches.

K Malik Jun 18, 2014 08:56pm

Loss of life is unfortunate but one could not blame anyone. In any such events, things go beyond ones control, there are so many unknowns and the consequences cannot be contained once one crosses the line. These women should not have been there to begin with, especially when they knew that the authorities were about to conduct such an operation. What were they thinking?

Buzz Jun 18, 2014 09:07pm

Anyone defending action of law enforcement authorities and Government can watch the videos recorded by several media and local residents and realize how wrong you are(if little bit sense of morality left in you). Even if there were barriers, people were trying protect the office and their home, action taken by the local authority is not justifiable. They murdered unarmed citizens. You can see a PML member destroyed vehicles under supervision of local Police - You can understand What a shameless murderer party PML is. This is true brutality of Government and law enforcement authorities.

All the comments against TMQ and in favor of government is either paid for comments or example of immorality.

Bilal Mujtaba Jun 19, 2014 07:35am

@Buzz some may disgree with you.......and just to get your facts i'm not paid.......but i'm a secular person against radicals like qadri and his followers.........our nation doesn't such extreme elements irrespective what their gender is.

sharafat alvi Jun 21, 2014 07:04am

Mr. qadri is a true leader of muslim umma. He is fighting against the corrupt, coward and dishonest dictators. Unfortunately, people of pakistan don't understand and they are dependable on those corrupt looters.

Sarwar Jun 21, 2014 01:26pm

Where was Qadari , PML Q when Zardari was plundering the pakistan and every next day we were listening the stories of c0rruption, injustice and inefficieny of Govt. In fact Qadari kept on enjoying foreign visit and PML Q was enjoyng the seat of Deputy PM and other perks.. For GOD sake these people will bring change to pakistan... there agenda is to grab power by sending this Govt home ...nothing else