Gunmen torch 2 buses in Lahore, IJT suspected

Published: May 18, 2012
IJT members protesting on Mall Road on Friday to protest against the killing of their fellow. PHOTO: ONLINE

IJT members protesting on Mall Road on Friday to protest against the killing of their fellow. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Unidentified gunmen torched two buses in the Samnabad and Township areas of Lahore on Friday. Express News reported that police sources had claimed the gunmen were members of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Eyewitnesses said that the gunmen had stopped buses by opening fire in front of them. They got on the bus and warned all passengers to get off or they would set it on fire with them inside. The gunmen were carrying 1.5 litre bottles of fuel, which they used to torch one of the buses from the inside.

Both incidents took place within half an hour.

An eyewitness said that rescue sources had arrived to extinguish the fire, but had to leave after they ran out of water and then they came back half an hour later. The police, however, had arrived at the spot immediately, he added.

The police are suspecting that IJT members are behind this incident as they have been protesting against the murder of their fellow during a clash between two student wings earlier this week. On Friday, IJT members clashed with the police in front of the Punjab University Old Campus on Mall Road. Police dispersed the protesters by using tear gas and pelting stones.

The police claimed arresting around a dozen students during the clash.

Jamiat members had claimed that Abrar Wattoo had killed Awais Aqeel on Sunday night, and alleged that Watto was being protected by the authorities.

The protesting students had also lashed out against the administration of Punjab University after they claimed that Aqeel was not a “regular” student at the university.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Umair
    May 18, 2012 - 4:37PM

    It is not a good practice to blame IJT with out any evidence!!


  • Mj
    May 18, 2012 - 5:05PM

    But then again, IJT’s past record is not any good, is it? This act is right up their alley.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    May 18, 2012 - 5:22PM

    IJT brought guns and violance in colleges and universities.


  • Ali
    May 18, 2012 - 6:02PM

    IJT are the biggest terrorists in the colleges and universities. Just like Al-Badar and AL-shams. they are terror wing of the jamat i islami.


  • khan sb
    May 18, 2012 - 6:04PM

    they are the people which they saved pakistan before the regular army, they have aim objective. no one loves islam and pakistan except they people


  • hassan
    May 18, 2012 - 6:05PM

    IJT is ruining punjab university.they himself made ibrar watooo as a symbol of terror in punjab university.IN BZU 2 weeks earlier they beat teachers and these activists went from punjab university.These elements torture students and forcefully put them for their self interests.students are not safe In pU.


  • Umer
    May 18, 2012 - 6:19PM

    @khan sb:

    they are the people which they saved
    pakistan before the regular army, they
    have aim objective. no one loves islam
    and pakistan except they people

    You are kidding of course? Pakhtoonkhuwa is still suffering from what began during MMA rule. Do not forget Jamaat Islami was opposed to the creation of Pakistan. How can they love it more than the rest of us?


  • A j Khan
    May 18, 2012 - 6:40PM

    IJT is the mother of all militant organization in Pakistan.


  • sharp eye
    May 18, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Punjab Govt is fail to maintain law in order situation in Punjab and specially in lahore. C M should be resign immegiately …The crime rate of Punjab is increasing day by day ..even banks are not safe in lahore.


  • Ali Wali
    May 18, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Jamiat members are trouble makers, they murdered two engineering students in Taxila university in early 1990s, thank goodness that was end of Jamiat from that institute. government should ban Jamate islami, Recommend

  • Beatle
    May 18, 2012 - 7:51PM

    This what the Islam of Jamaet-e-Islami (?????) is all about.
    Fasciam, extremism, Violance, Arson, …………………..

  • May 18, 2012 - 8:20PM

    @ umair, in the above picture, the guy wearing pink T-shirt has a Islami jamiat e tuleba badge on it.


  • sars
    May 18, 2012 - 8:47PM

    If they arent interested in studies, they should joing the political parties and spend all day doing these useless and destructive acts. Why bother going to universities and wasting their own time and definitely that of the other students??
    Student unions should be banned as they appear as hopeless as the original parties themselves.


  • faraz
    May 18, 2012 - 10:37PM

    My father is professor at Punjab University; who knows these thugs better than me. The murderer belongs to Shabab e Milli, another group of goons related to JI. Watto had differences with the person killed who was IJT Nazim. Watto himself lives abroad, and his gang is involved in murder. Jamatias are attacking buses, and assaulting teachers to show that they are being victimized; in reality the murder is a result of their internal dispute


  • MyHeartSpeaks
    May 19, 2012 - 12:50AM

    @farhan not only pink T-shirt guy, infact all men in the picture belong to IJT as caption says that IJT member are protesting against the murder of their fellow. The problem is charges on them. Where do you see these people burning buses/cars? Where do you see them holding guns?

    On May 12, 2007 APMSO/MQM were seen firing live on private tv channel. No one blames them of responsible of terrorism. Infact, they are part of govt. No one asks to ban MQM/APMSO.

    If you know the truth that IJT is the one who exposed sex scandal of Prof. Iftikhar Baloch. Principal of College of Earth & Environmental Sciences. Also, the VC of PU, Dr. Mujahid Kamran who always speak against IJT. He himself has not been cleared with charges against him. Read more here:


  • Ali
    May 19, 2012 - 1:07AM

    Dears u have any proof that shahbab e mili is been involved in this murder????? dont make any assumption in this matter…. if u have any proof then show this… and 2ndly the issue of beating teachers was always imposed on JI… but the reality is that all the personal issues and other university matters which is ended on fight, the cheap administration of university blame on JI..

    Dears… keep in mind that The I J T is the only organization, who save our sisters in the campuses. otherwise the campus will not in the position that ur sisters came here for studies….. mind it…. OKY


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