Rangers called in Punjab to combat TLP protests
To combat the protests of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), rangers have been called for the assistance of Punjab police by the Home Department of Punjab.
As per the sources, rangers are called in eight cities, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura. Faislabad, Jehlum and Chakwal, to counter the ongoing march of the banned radical outfit towards the capital.
As per the reports, rangers men will be present in the Punjab province for at least two months.
In an announcement made on Wednesday by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, he stated that as per the anti-terrorism act 1997, rangers are being deployed in the province to assist the Punjab Police.
As per the latest reports, the protestors of the banned outfit are currently present in Kamoke, Gujranwala. They will continue their march towards Islamabad. Mobile phone services are suspended since yesterday in Kamoke. Obstruction set up by the government has been removed by the protestors as they look to march towards the capital. Both sides of G.T. Road are also blocked by the banned outfit.
As per media reports, currently, rangers is present near the Wazirabad and Chenab River to combat the situation.
Till yesterday, at least four policemen were martyred in the efforts of stopping the protestors from aggressively marching towards the capital of Pakistan.
A high alert notification has been issued for the hospitals in Lahore to deal with any emergency caused by TLP protests.
Yesterday in a press conference, Information Fawad Chaudhry mentioned that TLP will be dealt with as a militant organization, not as a political party. He further added that Pakistan as a state will not be blackmailed, the state has its limits and cannot be pushed further than the limits.
The government has set up further obstructions and hurdles to stop the protestors as the banned radical outfit continues its march towards the capital. Meanwhile, rangers personnel are ready to stop any misconduct in the province.