PAT, police clashes: CCPO Lahore, DIG operations removed

Published: June 17, 2014
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An Express News screengrab of police trying to disperse the protesters.

An Express News screengrab of police trying to disperse the protesters.

LAHORE: After the clashes between the supporters of Dr Tahirul Qadri and police in Lahore, which left eight people – including two women – dead and 97 injured, CCPO Lahore, DIG Operations Lahore and SP Model Town has been made removed from their posts and made OSD.

On the recommendations of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Ch Shafiq Gujjar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) operations Rana Abdul Jabbar have been removed from their posts and made OSD.

SP Model Town division Tariq Aziz has also been removed from his post and made OSD.

DIG Ivestigation Zulfiqar Hameed has been given additional charge as CCPO Lahore.

The clash started last night when members of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) tried to stop the police from removing barriers outside their leader’s house in Model Town Colony and party secretariat, Express News reported. Police baton-charged and shelled the demonstrators for not letting them do their job.

Around 53 protesters were also arrested for creating trouble.

The injured, 22 of whom are stated to be in critical condition, were shifted to a hospital for medical treatment. According to hospital sources, the injured also include 17 police personnel.

FIR will be registered against PM, CM: Qadri

PAT chief Qadri lashed out at the Punjab government on Tuesday, saying a case would be registered against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for the “murder” of his supporters.

Qadri also held PML-N leaders Chaudhry Nisar, Rana Sanaullah, Saad Rafique and Abid Sher Ali responsible for the clash.

The PAT chief, a citizen of Canada, denounced the police’s operation outside his residence in Lahore and termed it “state terrorism.”

He also criticized CM Punjab for denying responsibility for the killings of his party workers. He said that all those who were killed would receive ‘eye-for-an-eye’ justice (Qisas).

Qadri stated that the police took action, on the orders of the government, because of his support for the army during the ongoing operation in North Waziristan.

“Anyone who stands in support of the army is seen by the government as their biggest enemy,” he said, adding that the government has been against the military since the 90s.

Qadri claimed that the government was never in favour of the army operation in North Waziristan and had to approve it since they had no choice.

He alleged that the government was, in fact, trying to regroup terrorists and facilitate them in the name of dialogue.

The PAT chief also said that the other reason for today’s police action was to threaten him and his party, as he is meant to arrive in Pakistan within the next few days.

He also said that never had he witnessed anything like this in the 33 years of his political career.

CCPO says police personnel were fired upon

CCPO Lahore Muhammad Shafique Gujjar, in a press conference, said police came under fire while inside the Minhaj-ul-Quran office during the anti-encroachment drive, Radio Pakistan reported.

27 police personnel were injured, said Gujjar.

He added that 53 PAT workers in possession of automatic weapons had also been arrested.

Barriers removed

The police, today, managed to remove all the barriers despite intense opposition, while anti-encroachment officials are busy clearing the area and removing the rubble. Police personnel are present in the locality to monitor the work and ensure protesters are kept under control.

The PAT protesters later moved to the hospital where their fellow supporters were admitted for medical assistance.

An Express News screengrab showing a protester damaging a car in presence of two police officers.

Govt’s stance

Earlier, taking notice of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

Sources told Express News that the chief minister was not taken into confidence before police started the operation to remove barriers outside Qadri’s house and party secretariat.

As per previous court orders, blocking streets for security reasons is not allowed and police should remove such blockages.

District Minister Rana Mashoud said the road blockages outside Qadri’s house were being removed on complaints filed by the residents of Model Town Colony.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, while speaking to the media in Lahore, said that the barriers outside Qadri’s house and party secretariat were removed after government received information from intelligence agencies about the presence of armed men in the area.

He added that the private militia had made it a no go area and no one in Punjab is allowed to do so.

While speaking inside the Punjab Assembly, where the opposition members protested against the use of force, Sanullah claimed the police action was inevitable as they were reports of militiamen taking oath for working on an unidentified operation.

The law minister further said the provincial government will carry out a judicial inquiry into the incident and those found guilty of unlawful actions will be punished.

Informing the assembly about cases being filed against a few senior PAT leaders for their involvement in the clash with the police, Sanaullah claimed that police were fired at from inside the PAT secretariat.

Qadri protests

Responding to the use of force against his party workers,  Qadri said he protests police brutality against the “peaceful” demonstrators.

He further accused the government of using this issue to divert attention from the ongoing operation in North Wazirisitan.

While speaking to Express News, Qadri said the police action was unjustifiable as the barriers were placed on government’s order many years ago.

Accusing police of harassing PAT supporters prior to his visit to Pakistan, Qadri stressed he will arrive in the country as scheduled.

The PAT leader also claimed the total number of casualties was higher than the official figure.

Confirming the death toll, Secretary General PAT Khurram Nawaz Gandapur said two women and a child were among the deceased. He further claimed the police operation was not to remove the barriers but to threaten and harass PAT supporters.

PAT supporters protesting outside Karachi Press Club against police action in Lahore. PHOTO: ONLINE

Demonstrations

PAT supporters staged protests in different parts of the country including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Karachi and other cities.

Protesters blocked roads in the twin cities, affecting the flow of traffic. A human chain was formed in Gujranwala while party members also demonstrated in Sialkot, Hafizabad and Multan.

Traders association in Lahore also announced a strike in the city. Economic activity will be suspended tomorrow in protest against the deaths.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami Muslim League, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid condemned the attack, while MQM also announced a day of mourning against the incident. Read the whole story here.

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Political reactions

Joint opposition also staged a token walk out from the house over the killings of PAT workers in the Lahore incident.

Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah said that it is a conspiracy against democracy, which he said is allegedly hatched by Shahbaz Sharif.

“Despite differences, force should not be used against Tahirul Qadri or his party workers because [a] few elements could benefit from this,” he added.

Javed Hashmi of PTI asked the government to stop the killings of innocent people immediately.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsen Iqbal has been asked to brief the house on the Lahore killings.

Citing circumstances, Iqbal said that the findings of the inquiry will be shared with the parliament soon.

Shah was not happy with his reply and said that Iqbal tried to bail out the Punjab government.

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Reader Comments (134)

  • SHERY...
    Jun 17, 2014 - 12:47PM

    Very SAd news….plz calm

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  • zaid hamid
    Jun 17, 2014 - 12:55PM

    Violence in any form is bad. Be non violent.

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  • Iram
    Jun 17, 2014 - 12:56PM

    What about barriers fixed before Raiwind and Model Town and is there no private militia? Please answer my question, Rana Sb?

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  • Enemy of MUNAFIQs
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:00PM

    LAW OF NATURE WILL PREVAIL
    Every Cause has an effect and every effect has a CAUSE.
    2/3rd Majority have no value before the Lord.

    WICKED WILL BE PERISHED.

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  • The one
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:00PM

    This whole situation is ridiculous. Lahore is on high alert and these people are wasting police time. The barriers were a nuisance and should not have been allowed in the first place. The whole area looked like a fort.

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 1:02PM

    Nawazullah and Shahbazullah are skating on very very thin ice.

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  • Ayan Fahad Zafar
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:05PM

    CM Shahbaz Sharif, I think you made a wrong move at a wrong time…

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:18PM

    No molvi group should be allowed to carry arms

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  • Khurram kaleem
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:21PM

    This whole system of madressah funding is root cause of state within a state .

    the government should take action against all mullah to declare source of funding around the globe.

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  • shane
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:22PM

    As usual Qadri response is real amateur. Instead of trying to calm his workers he is trying to create a real mess. God knows what are his motives but surely he is not sincere with his people.

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  • Sehyr
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:22PM

    This was not the right time to do this crackdown. Nation needs unity. Show stupidity of Nawaz Sharif Government.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:23PM

    Police is right to remove all the barriers .. but who is going to remove barriers outside Nawaz and Zardari palaces ?? That is the question ..

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  • Alvi
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:23PM

    What about nawaz league people blocking roads and areas with barriers every where in lahore, Esp CM sahab. ?

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  • Aalia
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:23PM

    karachi is controlled from London. Now Lahore from Canada!

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  • Tariq
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:24PM

    This is a time when we are at war with terrorists. All our efforts, commitment, favor should be for eradication of terrorism from this country. No need to waste precious lives anymore on stupid political agendas.

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  • Umar
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:25PM

    We don’t want another Lal Masjid in one of the main city of Pakistan

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  • Concerned
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:25PM

    What about the Great Wall of Bilawal House Karachi?

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  • mohib khan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:28PM

    We may not like the govt of PMLN and the gungas but the country needs stability. The democracy can be achieved only if there is stability and the elected govts complete their tenure.This is most shocking that the elected govts go out of the way to do things which are not in the mandate like taking on judiciary or army these are state pillars and the govts should work to strengthen them. like in other democracies not against them for power
    The politicians should refrain from political adventurism and let the govts comp their tenure this is imperative. .These ch are masters of intrigue and were side lined for some time but alas enter Qadri and PTI they will find new political life and a means of advancing their political and personal agendas like shaik Rashid who won his seat because of PTI and is now out for personal gains using PTI workers. PTI must mature and shoulder responsibility it is a great force now no immature actions pl. PTI we love you and would like you to take the place of PPPP its a job difficult and demands political wisdom

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  • Arsalan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:29PM

    If the blockades of road is prohibited in law the why my kalachi road from american amabassy side is blocked in karachi.

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  • shabby
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:31PM

    Dear Mr Nawaz Sharif / Mr Zardari

    There is no barrier around BILWAL HOUSE , RAIYWIND palaces ??????

    Mr Shehbaz , You killed innocent people ?

    God will give you the lesson .

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  • Sher Ghazi
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:37PM

    Must punished TuQ and his Militant wings.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:40PM

    @Iram:
    so whts the difference between raiwind estate and township estate?

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  • U Khan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:40PM

    This is ridiculous. PAT has always been peaceful in past. Punjab government just wanted an excuse to stir the situation before Dr Qadri’s arrival. Devilish mentality shown by adminisitration.Now they will lodge FIR against Dr Qadri to imprison him as soon as he will land in Pakistan. My hopes are all shattered, Pakistan is run by Sharif Company (S-Company). They are only interested in S-Company assets, they dont care about Pakistan.

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  • anshul
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:42PM

    is pakistan going under horrible population control program? read any news pages one thing is common in all death, killed, bomb blast, bullet. ridiculous!

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  • Muneer
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:42PM

    Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif has unleashed terror in Lahore.

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:46PM

    Mistake, again and again….

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  • Grand
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:48PM

    Why will Kashmir join a failed state with infighting?

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  • Zee Ali
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:49PM

    Please stop all this..Pakistan is in state of war rather showing solidarity with the Government and Army at this time we are busy shining our own political agenda. I including many of us have certain reservations about of the current government. But need of the hour is to show solidarity with the Government. Pakistan comes first not the individuals. Long Live Pakistan.

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  • Jax
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:50PM

    One wonders how is this government any different from TTP. Both are killing people!

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  • Sami
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:56PM

    Stop distorting facts! Don’t lie! you will go in the grave then see what will happen to all those liars!

    Now is the time to stand with the truth, otherwise on that day when there is no king but the King then you’ll see!

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jun 17, 2014 - 1:58PM

    @Aalia:
    The Government of Pakistan should approach the Canadian Government to restrain their citizen from creating violence in Pakistan.
    This Canadian Mullah is an old money launderer and should be brought to justice for siphoning-off millions of Dollars through his political circus.

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  • adnan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:03PM

    Mullah is trying to portray himself a victim and collect sympathy but people are mature and educared enough to reject him. He is trying to be benefitted from his “islamic or religious figure” as other mullas specially fazul.rahman does. Law must prevail.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:04PM

    No foreign national and subject of the Queen should be allowed to erect barriers in part of Pakistan. Anyone who does is entitled to feel a boot.

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  • AK47
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:04PM

    @Aalia:
    From Raiwind.

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  • Anis
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:08PM

    This is ridiculous at this critical time where already the country is fighting against the terrorism and on the other hand Tahir-ul Qadri seeking all the attention…. I don’t have any idea that why people are giving there precious lives just on this person who doesn’t even give a crap about his supporters huhh… instead of looking into the action he is trying to makes things prolong through his violent speeches once again :( Oh innocent beings please look for your lives , there are no pious rulers on earth anymore…. #WakeupCall

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  • watchtower
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:10PM

    Let sanity prevail. The nation has now gone into a very difficult war. Qadri sahib, sheikh Rashid and IK must postpone their dharnas and marches for a while and let the police and other law enforcement agencies concentrate on the security of citizens and installations. any leader who diverts the law enforcers from their primary duties under the prevailing situation is not doing any service to the nation. For politics and political scoring you have years to come but now we all must stand united like a solid wall against the existing threats. Sanity please Sanity.

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  • ullo Bata
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:15PM

    This is bound to happen in a state where every one is above law… and Mullah & MiIlitary are above all…

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  • Jimmi
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:15PM

    People are very innocent.,They are played by the hands of rich people like this.Dr.Sahab , is himself not fighting.He is using people for his own purposes.

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  • Hamza
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:16PM

    Pmln has done very wrong now its time for revolution no more cruel governments

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  • Ayyaz
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:17PM

    Rana Sb, In Islamabad almost every street is blocked with concrete blockades. What about them. Law should be same for all either it is bad or not…………………

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  • Hamza
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:18PM

    Killing an innocent is like killing a whole humanity and today pmln proved that they dont have any humanitarian nerve in them.

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  • Hamza
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:20PM

    Dictatorial act of Punjab Govt must be condemned from all corners of the world

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  • Hamza
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:20PM

    Dictatorial government fearful acts

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  • A
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:23PM

    Two wrongs do not make one right for all the people who are saying what about security outside other peoples houses etc. It is not correct to block the whole street of for Mr. Tahir ul Qadir.

    It is sad that many innocents have lost there lives and Mr. Tahir ul Qadri is as much to blame as anyone.

    Any God fearing man would have asked his supporters to back off rather than die making sure the area is blocked of for him. Very badly using innocent supporters who think hes the a man representing religion. This is not a pious man I hope the people see that.

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  • jj
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:25PM

    @The one:
    Have you ever visit old Anarkali at DIG office or Secretariat or Kuchehri or SSP office behind Kuchehri. There are no go areas everywhere.

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  • Hamza
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:28PM

    Today we have seen that nawaz shareef government just want to stay in power and use it for their own benefits not for the people just like a complete dictatorial governments did in the past.

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  • imran
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:28PM

    And another expatriate father of the nation named Altaf Hussain is showing solidarity with TAQ. Looks like TAQ was also trying to run a gangster mafia in lahore.

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  • Zohaib
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:31PM

    Today we have seen that nawaz shareef government just want to stay in power and use it for their own benefits not for the people just like worst dictatorial governments did in the past.

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  • Ebad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:34PM

    The government is itself paving way for “Mere Aziz Hamwatnon”.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:34PM

    Now starts the gemetzel in Punjab, the home town of the Prime Minister of Pakistan!
    One would have thought that the military corps commander of Lahore had everything under control? If the oppositon has the will to move for peace in the country, the parliament must move for no confidence motion against the incompetent Prime Minister of the country.

    Rex Minor

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  • Alladitta
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:35PM

    @Hamza:
    The world is a globe, no corners anywhere. :)).

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:39PM

    The State is now unleashing terror not only in the tribal region or KPK proper but also in major cities of Pakistan.

    Rex Minor

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  • Amir
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:43PM

    chief minister was not taken into confidence before police started the operation to remove barriers outside Qadri’s house and party secretariat

    Right…the reason is that he ordered it, and Rana Sanullah implemented it….

    Comeon…IN Pakistan, Police do not act without strict instructions from TOP.

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  • riz
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:51PM

    Very sad. Shahbaz Shareef made a huge mistake by using the force against PAT. May Allah bring peace to our country.

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  • Malik Tariq
    Jun 17, 2014 - 2:57PM

    No political or religious group, in power, or not in power, should be allowed to establish NO Go Areas, raise armed private militias and challenge writ of state. This is how Taliban exploiting religion created militias, than went on to create No Go areas in FATA and other parts if country. Similarly Karachi suffers from criminal mafias sponsored by political parties. All this must cease. Let Qadri establish barricades and raise armed private militia in Canada and see how state tackles with him. Enough of this nuisance and use of violence in Pakistan

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:08PM

    These religous terrorists must be controlled in all the cases

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:23PM

    @riz:

    Allah does not bring peace to the people, but the people do! The people of Pakistan have been radicalised by t Minorhe prolonged rule of the military and now the Prime Minister knowingly is using all available force in the country including that of military to force through his political agenda.
    The choice is with the military to once again take over the control over the land or for the people of Pakistan to use their democratic power to oust the current Governments through No Confidence motion in the Parliamment!

    Rex Minor

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  • Naeem Khan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:24PM

    Molana Qadri is not in Pakistan let alone in Model Town Forte. Just imagine what his workers can do to safe guard their absent master when he will set foot on the pakistani soil? It’s a pity that Pakistan is fighting for it’s very survival and rejected Molvies and politicians are acting in unison to destroy the unity of the nation. A bad, sad and mad day for Pakistan.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:25PM

    Always loss of life is regretted as each human life worth but at the same time I think it is better the Govt has taken action before the situation became same like what Qadri Sb. did in Islamabad and the way he was challenging the writ of the Govt.

    None of these Mulana like people ever stood for the real cause which is effecting the common peoples of the country they never stood for lands reforms, agriculture tax and so many issues like this who are major hurdle in our country development.

    I really wonder what will be the gain in disturbing the current set up and what the benefit poor will get except increased sufferings.

    Democratic process started in the country they are good or bad let the peoples to decide in next election this is the only route if we follow will help the country in long term by forcing out
    current set up without a due process is really damaging to all sides.

    My only hope is let wisdom prevail in our country and peoples think twice before participating in process which ultimately will derail the process just started .. though you can aurgo may be good or bad.

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  • Rehan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:28PM

    Poor act by the local administration in Lahore. Those calling Dr. Tahir ul Qadri violent are absurd and liars to the core. I have studied his books and lectures across the globe and all his lectures are based upon the notion of peace and love. I am not a follower of Dr. Qadri but having a neutral outlook on matters, I can assure everyone that Dr. Tahir ul Qadri is not an violent individual. Infact many years ago, he was attacked upon by this government in the 90s, but he told his protestors to remain calm and that on the day of judgement Allah will serve justice.

    These cheap tactics of the Punjab Government are not going to bear fruit, rather lead to further peaceful protests and I am sure his followers are completely dedicated and determined in leading a revolution for the cause of Pakistan.

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  • Irfan Meo
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:35PM

    Sympathy with them

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:52PM

    @Naeem Khan:

    You have not the Nation but a country of several Nations with their own languages and cultures and traditions who were brought together on the name of Islam to become One Nation!! It is very clear that this has not worked and will not work unless they agree to form a federal republic, and not a centralised one unity.

    Rex Minor

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  • hahaha
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:57PM

    @The one:
    What are you saying “these people are wasting the time of police”. Lahore police is just for protocol duty.

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  • Waseem
    Jun 17, 2014 - 3:57PM

    We dont want another Altaf Hussain creating hovoc in the country and getting their own (so called) people killed. Bad move by Punjab Government but Tahir Qadri is no saint….

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  • MUHAMMAD SHAFIQ
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:01PM

    very strange.
    the operation against the terrorists just started, and the powers against such operation played their game very well today.
    the problem is that government seems irrelevant to such moves by the powers against the operation.
    the Punjab government is playing in the hands of traitors, unconsciously or may be consciously.
    what was the wisdom behind to choose this crucial time for raiding allama sb’ barriers.
    is that Punjab government has launched to eradicate all such hurdles form the whole Punjab.
    or is it Alalama sb”s specific.
    is Shahbaz does not know the staunchness of the followers of Allama sb.
    if he is unaware, he should himself resign,
    and in either case if he deliberately ordered for such a stupid massacre at this time, he still has no right to remain at the seat.

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:05PM

    Sequel-2 of the Lal Masjid episode. The govt shud purge all madrassahs from foreign funding and cut arms supply. When will the Pakistani government learn?

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  • M Block
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:10PM

    I have myself experienced gunda gardi of TUQ followers in M Block Model Town. For more than 25 years they have been involved in harassment of local residents with display of automatic guns (in a middle class residential area).

    The action was very much needed however loss of life is regrettable.

    But bottom line is NO ONE must be allowed to challenge the writ of law ….. may it be Taliban or any other local gundas.

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  • Amir
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:16PM

    Am not from Lahore, but living here for the past 2-years. Someone in office told us that these baracades were there for the past 4-years. So why now the urgency to implement the law?

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  • Lahori
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:17PM

    Lahore is no Karachi! Any Altaf wanna be who tries to harbor militia in his compound should be taken down immediately along with his cronies!

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  • salman
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:20PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Boot would have been acceptable. But bullets?

    But I agree, no foreign nationals should be allowed to do this. Only our homegrown politicans are allowed to make barriers around thier houses. Like Mian sahib, and shahbaz sharif, and thier family members, and those married to thier family members, and those who are friends of thiers, and those who are friends of thier family members. And the very rich of course….Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:25PM

    How many battles does Pakistan have to fight at one time. Absolutely ridiculous and anti-state politics.

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  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:39PM

    Dear Mr. Qadri please surrender your Canadian Passport and then talk about Pakistan. And the people who are supporting you they do not have good track record. Every Intellectual Pakistani knows it better.

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  • sazeen
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:40PM

    Provincial Law Minister sb,

    Law doesn’t apply to your leaders, why the barriers still not removed from Shehbaz house situated in same locality?

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  • Arshad Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:40PM

    Very Sad…

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  • Lahori Champion
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:41PM

    The police should also remove barriers that have been placed to block the Model Town. Oh wait…

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  • Ahmer
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:42PM

    Great work punjab police this must be happen to all peoples who are trying to sell pakistan to other agencies :D

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  • Jawad Munir
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:43PM

    this is insane and cowardly act .. may Allah bless the souls of people who lost there lives.. I hope one day everyone has to die .. and killing innocent women and men,who are just doing political struggle .-.- Nawaz shareef and shahbaz shareef should be arrested for this and also the poeple who are involved in this cowardly act

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  • salman
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:49PM

    Express Tribune is involved in protecting PML-N.
    It must be dealt with.

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  • Ateeq
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:53PM

    This country is unfortunately being led by leaders (likes of Tahir ul Qadri and Altaf Hussain) living abroad under duel nationality without an iota of feeling for the masses of Pakistan.
    And because of these leaders, PML-N and PPP get breathers to enjoy the unaccountable rule of corruption

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:54PM

    Whenever Pakistan starts moving on the path of prosperity and development Mullah Military Alliance gather storm in the form of operations and violence.

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:56PM

    Remove all barriers around Raiwind Palace and Bilawal house also…

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  • Pakistan lovers
    Jun 17, 2014 - 4:59PM

    There is no proof of dead people in the whole scenario by the official today just like there was no proof of any killing in the Rawalpindi sinful act.

    how can you bluff in these matters one can lie but another is telling truth shame on media for false propaganda.

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 5:01PM

    Unpleasant and condemn-able incident. Innocent people killed and injured.Present rulers really haven’t patience , tolerance and foresight. We were unable to affoard a Don sitting in London. Now they have strengthened another Don sitting in Canada. They use innocent people for their own agenda. ………May Allah save all of us from “Fitna”

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  • Malikpur - Janderbari - Abbottabad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:07PM

    @Iram: Have you ever visited Raiwend, Model Town, there no such barriers which harm general public, Tahir ul Qadri build one madrassa on donated land and now occupant to entire M block in model town, is this justified for a mulla to grab public land with force and when asked to vacate start firing on police or other authorities….. ?

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  • ABk
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:07PM

    Aye Allah mere Pakistan ko bcha

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 5:09PM

    @Rex Minor:
    Good point.
    Makes me wonder, did PM try to counter his sharply declining popularity by giving the go-ahead for operation? So that common man’s focus would be swayed away from the brutal budget?
    Is this ALSO a publicity stunt, except that its consequences might be roughshod.

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  • Malikpur - Janderbari - Abbottabad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:16PM

    These people chooses Lahore to destabilize which was the only safe and peaceful place in Pakistan…. Imran Khan, Sh Rashid, Tahir ul Qadri, Altaf Hussain, Ch Pervez Elahi they all are agents and now their masters asked them to create panic in Punjab so that their agenda can be completed.

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 5:18PM

    FIR must be registered against Shahbaz Sharif and Tahir-ul-Qadri. Both of them are enemies of common man and humanity

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  • Ali
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:29PM

    Mistake, again and again!!!!!!!

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:31PM

    The nation is in the middle of a war against terrorists the sworn enemies of this country and fifth columnists like PATs are creating anarchy, they should be dealt with sternly. They just got what they deserve. The terrorists and anarchists should be shot at sight. Arrest warrants should be issued through Interpol against tahirul Qadri for inciting violence in Pakistan

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  • YA
    Jun 17, 2014 - 5:32PM

    Mr Qadri lives in Canada, if he is going to cause unrest in Pakistan at the backs of his worker while safely residing in Toronto then he should be careful….. Causing such problem in Pakistan could have consequences for him in Canada, If he wants to bring about a revolution then he should be leading from the front and stand with his workers rather than tweeting from the comfort of his house…..

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  • Was
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:16PM

    @The one: these ppl wasting police time? Why not use rubber bullets instead or tear gas. The police killed 8 ppl and ur defending them! The protestors did not have weapons so why were the police shooting

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  • saher
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:19PM

    only TuQ is responsible for this…! when you know that human life has no importance in this country, why do u make ur workers do this?? just like altaf, sitting in another land, making ur followers suffer.

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  • madiha
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:26PM

    its really sad…..shame on our politicians n police who are carrying these kind of acts against our own people …. when we can have peaceful talks with Taliban so why not these educated Pakistani peoples……please think …..

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  • Muhammad Atif
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:27PM

    @Lahori

    Leave Karachi aside bro. Karachi is controlled by many mafias and people are killed for billions not because of a damn encroachment my friend. Leave the habit of always dragging Karachi in the middle for no obvious reason.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:32PM

    finally I see PML-N supporters on the back-foot. Offering lame excuses for killing innocent people. Wow..

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  • Weirdity
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:33PM

    “This is the first test for my workers, they will sacrifice their lives, but they will never bow their heads”

    Yes. But you will never sacrifice yours.

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  • M
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:35PM

    Bring back the British to save Pakistan.

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  • M Block
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:39PM

    @Iram:
    Are you aware that there is a difference between private militia and state law enforcement agencies?
    Also the barriers erected by govt may be ‘slightly’ different to the barriers erected by a local gunda!
    Ever had a chance to visit M Block to see how TUQ operated?

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  • Abdullah
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:43PM

    As a sworn Canadian national, TUQ should be careful. He is already a suspect in Money Laundering and now can be booked under spreading Hate Speech … following the footsteps of Bhai.

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  • Syed
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:44PM

    I feel sorry and condemn the innocent killing of people at Lahore. The use of brutal force against the peaceful protesters is shameful and a stigma on the so called ‘democracy’. The uncivilized and barbaric approach adopted by Punjab police to tackle the unarmed and non-resisting protester and their thrashing in custody is shocking and highly condemnable. I differ with the modus oprendi adopted by Allama Tahirul Qadri to bring a change in Pakistan but nobody has the right to kill the people so callously. I wonder how the people, who are product of non-democratic process can believe and behave in a democratic way.

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  • Citizen26
    Jun 17, 2014 - 6:47PM

    2 days ago govt announced operation and now this ??

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 6:49PM

    @Aalia:

    I wonder why this gentleman keeps his Canadian Citizenship.
    He should be deported to Pakistan.

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  • Careful reader
    Jun 17, 2014 - 7:24PM

    So let’s say for arguments sake that PAT workers were wrong, nawaz and Shahbaz will do anything to negotiate with the criminal Taliban but they immediately resort to violence against the PAT supporters. Shahbaz sharif and his cronies need fir lodged against them for murder.

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  • Tauheed Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2014 - 7:46PM

    Treat Qadri and his supporters for what they are – traitors seeking to sabotage the military operation against terrorism by opening a new front in Lahore.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 17, 2014 - 8:07PM

    Padri just wants fasad fil-Araz and he got that. He must be very happy. Very stupid from Punjab govt part. They made this fasadi mullah a hero.

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 17, 2014 - 8:15PM

    Roashan Pakistan, as promised by PML-NRecommend

  • Amir
    Jun 17, 2014 - 8:42PM

    The man in the photo above came with the police. Saw him charging with the Police on Samma. Express showed him breaking car windows….

    And one of the channel showed him giving a high five to the police officer….

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  • Hammad Agha
    Jun 17, 2014 - 8:43PM

    Here
    Some secret elements r involve to create unrest. To convert GOVT concentration from waziristan operation.please give spacee

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  • Just saying...
    Jun 17, 2014 - 9:14PM

    No slow news day in Pakistan

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  • Neha
    Jun 17, 2014 - 9:59PM

    Removal of blocker is an effort to control and administrate the present situation of the security of the whole country by police. If the point securing and raising of their own flag upward (instead of our national Flag) is considered, then there is a big selfishness. It is just self before the country. Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, show patience as our Islamic tradition and strengthened the forces which defend BAQA of the country not for PMLN, PPP, PTI or PTA etc. I think no parties except law enforcement agencies are allowed to be armed and make a state with in a state. I request the people of Pakistan, be a true Pakistani and show their behavior that they would never played by under world gangsters.

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  • Jun 17, 2014 - 10:07PM

    In India. If anyone is not agree with a leader or politician, then at the extreme, he will throw black ink on him. and That itself will be big news on news channels for many days.

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  • A
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:23PM

    TUQ movement is always peaceful. Its the govt who is provoking violence.

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  • amjad
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:31PM

    i miss gen.zia ul haq.

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  • Nazir
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:33PM

    Those victims were unarmed and were protesting peacefully when police fired on them. The dilemma is that police always fires at the unarmed people. They don’t have the courage to deal with those who are armed criminals or terrorists.

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  • Talha
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:41PM

    Lahore was saved for years because Shahbaz Sharif but this mulla Qadri wants to create chaos and anarchy in country. This devil Qadri and his militant supporters must be punished

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  • Talha Khan
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:54PM

    I’m a model town resident and to be honest, Police is being biased here. If its illegal to put barricades on a residential streets then why on earth are the streets of model town are blocked by hundreds of barricades. Even the roads that are not direct to CM house are also blocked and highly guarded. Why? Everyday morning while leaving for office i have to face a delay in traffic as the V.V.I.P Protocol has to pass. Why? Does anyone has an answer.

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  • Aik_Paki
    Jun 17, 2014 - 10:58PM

    @Pakistani:
    Gullu Butt an N-league worker leading the police charge and destroying the cars and vans. See the TV footage and then write such nonsense.

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  • Aik_Paki
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:02PM

    @Talha:
    Non-sense propaganda. Look what Gullu Butt CM’s worker is doing?

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  • Aik_Paki
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:05PM

    @Muhammad Atif: @ Lahori
    Don’t mind – Lahori is writing directly from Raiwand to please Sharif’s. Look wjhat Gullu Butt was doing when leading the Punjab Police. It seems Raiwand residents paid the salary of these Policemen.

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  • Aateez Piscean
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:26PM

    @shane: He must not call people for Revolution!!! Continuously political chaos was occurring and non state actors always took benefit. This is time to be calm!!!

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  • Nazir
    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:41PM

    Those killed were not militants. Police will never dare to remove barriers from Raiwand knowing what will happen to them.

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  • Shahid
    Jun 18, 2014 - 12:02AM

    Is this democracy?

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  • Dr.Faaiza
    Jun 18, 2014 - 12:44AM

    I was never a supporter of the man living in Canada but today how Punjab Govt handled the situation is horrendous and shameful. Autopsy report of most victims show GSWs to Face, Neck and trunks. Protest happen in all the time in the world but in what country are protesters including women shot at point blank? Shame on Punjab Govt, CM PUNJAB, RANA SANA ULLAH, KH.SAAD RAFIQUE and even the prime minister!

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  • very violent act
    Jun 18, 2014 - 1:27AM

    I say ask previous DCO lahore javed qazi. He was sacked just a couple of hours prior to the massacre in Model Town. I am sure he refused to order murderous operations.

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  • Wali
    Jun 18, 2014 - 4:27AM

    @The one:
    yes and removing those barrier was so important that almost whole police force of lahore went there to remove them.
    Clearly removing them was more important than the lives of 8 people they killed.

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  • Rafiq
    Jun 18, 2014 - 7:10AM

    The perpetrators of the police attack need to be jailed. Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif need to be arrested before they destroy the country. Dr Qadri should be allowed to return to the country and save it before it drowns.

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  • Junaid Saleh Hayat
    Jun 18, 2014 - 9:13AM

    There are security barriers in all major cities all over Pakistan. Remove them all. Why all focus is on Qadri’s house? What about our generals and political leaders’ palatial residences? What about the security barriers around Musharraf’s farm house near Islamabad????

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  • Hammad
    Jun 18, 2014 - 2:28PM

    Extremely Biased Media… Media is another entity added to puppets of establishment, I hated Geo but today we miss it!

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jun 18, 2014 - 3:42PM

    The Lahore Police is badly needed in Karachi where there are hundreds of NO-GO AREAS, encroachments and extortions. Even a former President (not holding currently any office) has also blocked a lane in front of his Palace in Clifton.
    The residents of Karachi demand similar operation in entire Karachi for the relief of 20 million Karachiites.

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  • salim
    Jun 18, 2014 - 4:54PM

    Gullu Butt represents the culture of Noora league.

    Another thing – NS has the habit of prohibiting flights to land. Lets see what happens on 23rd.

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  • S. Javed
    Jun 18, 2014 - 6:54PM

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan should take suo moto cognisance of this barbaric act & order arrest of Chief Minister, Law Minister, IG, DIG & Police Personnel by reviewing the media footage. They all should be tried for the act applied for terrorist. All those found guilty should be handed down severe punishment. The govt. of Punjab should also be instructed to compensate the affected victims, bear treatment cost & pay for every single item damaged by this terrorist act of police. Political leaders found guilty should be barred lifelong from contesting any elections.

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  • Breaking Bad
    Jun 18, 2014 - 8:37PM

    Raiwand probably does not need barriers as the roads are private property of sharifs.

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Jun 19, 2014 - 1:48AM

    Brutality of PMLN against its own people will not be tolerated. This has the potential to unite all of Pakistan against PMLN the same way Lal Masjid did to Musharraf.

    Let’s have fresh electronic elections and see who wins when the votes are not rigged by PMLN.

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