LAHORE: Protests against loadshedding in Punjab have intensified, with demonstrators beginning to target the homes of MNAs and MPAs.
Outraged civilians targeted the house of Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) MNA Riaz Fatiana in Kamalia. Two people were killed as a result of retaliatory firing by guards present at Fatiana’s house.
Protesters later entered the compound and destroyed eight police cars and four motorcycles. Police took Fatiana and his accomplices into protective custody.
Police and protesters continued to clash regularly in the area.
In Khanewal, protesters attacked Heraj house and set a portion of it on fire.
Protests continue in Punjab, Sindh
Civilians continued to protest against the power crisis in various areas of southern Punjab including, Dera Ghazi Khan, Vehari, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Mian Channu, Chichawatni, Kabirwala, Haroonabad, Yazman, Rajanpur and Layyah.
Sukkur, Shikarpur, Larkana, Jacobabad and various other areas of Sindh are also suffering from hours-long power outages, where infuriated mobs have protested.
At least 10-12 hours of loadshedding in cities and 12-16 hours of no power supply in villages has miserably affected businesses and industries.
FIRs registered against protesters
FIRs were registered against 1,770 unknown protestors in three different police stations of Faisalabad.
Twelve hundred cases were registered at Madina Town police station, 500 at Mansoorabad police station and seventy FIRs were filed at Samanabad police station against unknown people for carrying out protests against the on-going energy crisis.
The cases registered include offences of damaging banks, CNG stations, looting from shops and blocking the roads.