Several TLP activists held in Punjab

Published October 21, 2021
In this April file photo, supporters of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chant slogans as they block a street during a protest in Lahore. — AFP
In this April file photo, supporters of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chant slogans as they block a street during a protest in Lahore. — AFP

LAHORE: The Punjab police on Wednesday night launched a province-wide crackdown against the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and arrested many of its workers and leaders.

In Lahore, a heavy contingent of the police reached Multan Road in dozens of vehicles and surrounded Jamia Masjid Rehmatullil- Aalamin where hundreds of charged workers of the TLP had staged a sit-in.

The crackdown was launched after a meeting chaired by Inspector General of Police, Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan late on Monday. An official said the meeting approved a decision to launch a massive crackdown against the TLP for creating a law and order situation.

He said the meeting also announced a policy for Lahore according to which police would only make heavy deployment in the city instead of making arrests.

Consequently, several reserves of the police reached Multan Road along with a huge tear gas stock, a water cannon and other special vehicles carrying gadgets to thwart any move.

According to reports from various districts of the province, police arrested dozens of activists and leaders of the TLP during raids at their houses, offices and hideouts.

Meanwhile, the TLP spokesperson confirmed the arrests.

Published in Dawn, October 21st, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

The establishment pivot
18 Jan, 2022

The establishment pivot

It is a sad reality that the power matrix continues to revolve around the establishment.
18 Jan, 2022

Remittances growth

THE hefty growth in remittances from Pakistanis living abroad continues to defy forecasts to the contrary. New State...
18 Jan, 2022

China-Iran deal

THE China-Iran strategic deal that has recently taken effect is more than just a long-term bilateral agreement...
Security policy unveiled
Updated 17 Jan, 2022

Security policy unveiled

PAKISTAN’S freshly unveiled National Security Policy has broadened the traditional concept and included economic...
Bold decisions
Updated 17 Jan, 2022

Bold decisions

IT is a double blow within a matter of days. The Islamabad High Court’s order last week to demolish a navy golf...
17 Jan, 2022

Rohingya camp blaze

A HUGE blaze in a refugee camp housing members of the Rohingya community in Bangladesh last week has left up to ...