Tension prevailed in Pakistan from its capital Cooch after the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party killed eight people, including four policemen, in a violent demonstration on Wednesday. Home Minister Sheikh Rashid has empowered the Punjab government to deploy Rangers throughout the state for the next 60 days. On the other hand, the government has said that the militant TLP activists will not treat like religious or political party leaders but as terrorists.
TLP activists are demanding that the Pakistan government release their leader Saad Rizvi and expel the French ambassador from the country. A cartoon has made against his religious leader in France. Violence erupted on Wednesday night as part of the long march on these demands, in which eight died.
An army of Rangers deployed in Islamabad. The entry of army and police workers into the capital will be stopped. Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said after the cabinet meeting that the TLP will be treated in the same way as terrorist groups are treated.
Won’t tolerate TLP, accused of funding from Indian groups
The TLP party, which is already banned in Pakistan, is considered a religious political party, but after waving AK-47 and using explosives in their violent demonstration on Wednesday. The government that supported its workers has opened a front against them.
Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the militant TLP activists who are traveling to the capital will not be tolerated anymore. The minister even alleged that the TLP was being funded by certain facts in India. This group is busy defaming Pakistan on social media. However, he did not name the group.
Metro bus and mobile phone closed in Islamabad-Rawalpindi
On Wednesday, GT Road in the Sadhuqi area near Lahore was already blocked with containers. The process of installing containers and barriers at the entry. And the exit of Islamabad and Rawalpindi had started on Tuesday evening.
Now the Faizabad Chowk connecting the two cities has been completely closed while containers have also been kept on Marri Road, the main road of Rawalpindi. Rangers use in large numbers in both cities. It has decided to stop the metro bus service and mobile phone service.
Traffic jam due to, trains canceled
About 4,000 workers of the banned TLP have left Kamoke and reached Gujranwala on Thursday. Due to the rally of the protesters, there was a jam on both sides of the GT Road in Gujranwala. People continued to face the jam on the way. Meanwhile, Rangers and police took up the front along the Chenab River and the Wazirabad border. In view of the deteriorating situation, the Pakistan Railways also canceled three trains between Lahore-Rawalpindi.
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