Rawalpindi – Around 150 TLP workers arrested in crackdown

TLP Workers Arrested in Rawalpindi
TLP Workers Arrested in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Police Force arrested around 150 workers of (TLP) Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan on Friday in order to stop them from taking part in a protest rally against France tomorrow.

The TLP had declared strategies to mobilize and march, from Rawalpindi Press Club Faizabad, against publication of blasphemous portraits by French publication Charlie Hebdo while insisting for a boycott of French items along with removal of the French representative from Islamabad.

However, the government intends to prevent them from protesting which is why police force have started directing raids in Attock, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal and Islamabad to arrest organizers, protestors and workers of the party.

Police have detained 30 workers from Attock, 62 from Rawalpindi, 8 from Jhelum and 29 from Chakwal. It is also being stated that leaders of the group have disappeared underground.

The arrested workers were moved to district jails in Attock and Adiala and Jhelum under section 3 of Pakistan Protection of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance for 15 days.

Over 45 workers of Tehreek e Labbaik arrested from Islamabad were transferred to Adiala jail along with more than five others detained by Rawalpindi police forces.

Conferring to police, the party’s management, workers and protestors were separated into categories A, B and C; TLP’s head from North Punjab Inayat ul Haq Shah and District President Ramzan Chishti were among those detained.

The extreme-rightist party, led by Khadim Hussain Rizvi, gave a call to its followers for a long march from Lahore to the capital city on Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies have taken all potential measures to halt TLP protestors and leaders from conducting a protest and rushing towards Faizabad. Rangers and Police, in this regard, have been utilized at various stages in Rawalpindi and at Faizabad.