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Indian Sikh Pilgrims’ Schedule Affected Amid Violence In Pakistan

Police officers transfer to disperse the supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik in Karachi. (Reuters)


Violence erupted in a number of cities in Pakistan because the police clashed with the protesting supporters of an Islamist political occasion demanding the expulsion of the French envoy over the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France.

At least one policeman was killed by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) which has additionally claimed that 12 of its employees have been shot lifeless by the police. Paramilitary forces have additionally been referred to as in to manage the legislation and order in most cities of Punjab, a province of over 110 million folks.

Over 800 Indian Sikhs are amongst these affected by the highway blockade by the TLP employees.

“The Indian Sikhs who arrived right here on Monday to attend the Vaisakhi pageant in Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hassanabdal, Rawalpindi, couldn’t attain there as a result of protest.

“On Tuesday afternoon, the visiting Indian Sikhs left for Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hassanabdal in 25 buses which have been escorted by the police and the Rangers,” an official of the Punjab authorities instructed PTI.

The Sikh pilgrims have been but to achieve Hassanabdal on the time of going to press.

Asked about their anticipated arrival for the primary occasion which is scheduled for Wednesday, the official mentioned: “We anticipate that the Sikh pilgrims will attain their vacation spot by early hours of Wednesday.”

The Indian Sikhs are additionally scheduled to go to different holy locations in Punjab throughout their 10-day keep within the nation.

“The Sikh pilgrims have been to depart for his or her different holy locations from April 15 onwards. However, if the TLP protest continues, they should keep in Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hassanabdal,” the official mentioned.

The TLP, which bagged 2.5 million votes within the 2018 normal elections, blocked the roads throughout the nation following the arrest of its chief Allama Saad Hussain Rizvi, son of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi who died a number of months in the past.

The TLP, protesting the blasphemous caricatures revealed in France, is demanding the French ambassador’s expulsion and suspension of imports from France. It has set an April 20 deadline.

The Imran Khan authorities had reached an settlement with the TLP in November, 2020 to contain Parliament to resolve in three months.

As the April 20 deadline was approaching, the federal government made an anticipatory transfer and arrested the primary management of the TLP, together with its chief.

On Tuesday, TLP protesters lynched a policeman, mentioned the Lahore police.

A case has been registered towards the TLP leaders, together with Saad Rizvi below homicide and terrorism costs. Its supporters clashed with the police at a number of factors of Lahore and different cities of Punjab.

Violent clashes have been additionally reported from Karachi. Similarly, the hyperlink of all main motorways connecting with completely different cities of the nation was additionally minimize off by the charged demonstrators.

At some factors, the protesters surrounded the legislation enforcers to chant spiritual slogans. The police suggested residents to keep away from travelling unnecessarily.

In Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan was briefed on the TLP protest.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry mentioned: “The authorities is not going to succumb to the strain of the Islamists. If such teams allowed to prevail their will, then each such group will make the federal government hostage to its calls for”.

Meanwhile, TLP spokesperson Tayyab Rizvi mentioned in a press release: “The protests will proceed until the French ambassador is deported”.

He mentioned that 12 occasion employees have been killed in firing incidents in Karachi, Lahore and Talagang.

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