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Extra clashes as banned TLP continues protest in Pakistan

The group mentioned 5 supporters died within the clashes whereas at the least two police officers had been additionally killed.

1000’s of supporters of the banned far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have departed the jap Pakistan metropolis of Lahore, clashing for a second straight day with police who lobbed tear fuel shells into the group, a celebration spokesman and witnesses mentioned.

The group mentioned on Saturday that 5 of its supporters have died within the clashes whereas at the least two police officers had been additionally killed.

“Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan misplaced two folks Friday night time and three extra right now to police firing,” the get together tweeted on Saturday.

TLP members started their journey on Friday with the aim of reaching the capital, Islamabad, to strain the federal government to launch Saad Rizvi, the get together’s head.

Rizvi was arrested final 12 months amid demonstrations in opposition to France over the publication of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Cops stand guard to dam the street throughout a protest rally by the TLP [Mohsin Raza/Reuters]

Police in Lahore wouldn’t touch upon the declare, however on Friday night time mentioned two of its officers had died.

“The clashes are nonetheless ongoing,” Rana Arif, a spokesman for Lahore police, instructed the AFP information company. “This can be a defensive operation by police in opposition to the mob … We’re solely doing shelling to regulate the group.”

Pakistan had deployed police and paramilitary personnel to forestall the demonstrators from leaving Lahore. Authorities additionally suspended cell phone service in elements of Lahore and blocked roads on Friday.

The state of affairs worsened when police tried to cease the rally-goers, witnesses mentioned.

The violence disrupted regular life in elements of Lahore, the place residents had been dealing with issues in reaching dwelling due to the closure of some roads and continued clashes between police and TLP supporters.

Lahore is situated about 350km (210 miles) from Islamabad, and a lot of the rally-goers are strolling, though that they had organized buses and vehicles to achieve the capital in a convoy.

Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, who was in Dubai to look at Pakistan compete in cricket’s T20 World Cup, was ordered by Prime Minister Imran Khan to return and monitor the state of affairs.

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