Police manhandle blind protesters in Lahore

Published: December 3, 2014
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A scuffle broke when protesters tried to move towards the CM House (7-Club Road) Lahore, via Davis Road, where the presidential convoy was scheduled to pass through. PHOTO: NNI

A scuffle broke when protesters tried to move towards the CM House (7-Club Road) Lahore, via Davis Road, where the presidential convoy was scheduled to pass through. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: Punjab Police on Wednesday, which also happens to be the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, manhandled a group of blind men who were protesting outside the Lahore press club in favour of an increase in the job quota for the blind in the government sector.

A scuffle broke when protesters tried to move towards the CM House (7-Club Road) Lahore, via Davis Road, where the presidential convoy was scheduled to pass through.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said the men had been protesting outside the press club since morning, and the police facilitated them by arranging their meetings with the concerned department. However, he added, they then tried to move towards the Mall Road to block the presidential convoy route.

CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and asked DIG Operations to submit a report in this regard.

Dr Haider subsequently suspended five police officials, and added that action would be taken against them after inquiry.

“We condemn every kind of torture on citizens,” he said.

“We were protesting for our right to get in the government sector as per our quota and the police tortured us,” one of the protesters told The Express Tribune.

However, SP Imtiaz Sarwar said that no one was baton-charged, and they only tried to stop them from entering the Club Road. In fact, he added, the police facilitated the blind protesters by arranging a meeting with the concerned department so that their issues could be resolved.

Another protester added that they would only hold negotiations with the Punjab chief minister or Hamza Shahbaz Sharif.

“The police are patronising hooligans, the likes of ‘Gullu Butt” he added.

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  • Umair
    Dec 3, 2014 - 7:27PM

    Shame on Punjab Police, Sharif brothers can build metros and motorways but giving rights and basic facilities to its people is out of questions, and thats the only reason i support Imran Khan as he’s a voice of poor and middle class people.

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  • Alladitta
    Dec 3, 2014 - 7:37PM

    this is hitting under the belt. Not done dear.

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  • Rumormonger
    Dec 3, 2014 - 7:54PM

    Sad. Imagine what would happen if the Sharifs are given a free hand.

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  • Sohail
    Dec 3, 2014 - 7:54PM

    Gullu Police of shahbaz and nawaz

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  • AyazAli
    Dec 3, 2014 - 8:04PM

    Punjab govt is disgusting and police action clearly shows the mindset and attitude of Shudda Sharif.
    I would call this as one of “Black Days” of Pakistan history.

    May ALLAH forgive our misdeeds and give strength to do good things and resulting good leaders govern us.

    RIP PMLN

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  • Sami
    Dec 3, 2014 - 8:05PM

    Once again King Shahbaz Sharif ibne Mian Sharif took notice of the incidence while respective department and officers had no courage to investigate it. O you King! Just listen, it is 21th century and it is not at all a way to run the affairs of a province. You should strengthen departments and get rid of this rusted bureaucracy.

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  • Nazir Butt
    Dec 3, 2014 - 8:12PM

    Jiyo Khan. You are our only hope.

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  • Cynic Waheed
    Dec 3, 2014 - 8:19PM

    Where is Ch Allah Ditta?

    A coment from him will be very welcome. Just want to see how he will still find a way of supporting ‘Noon’ on this.

    regards,

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  • just_someone
    Dec 3, 2014 - 8:36PM

    this is utterly disgusting…
    again the cops wont be held responsible for the mistreatment of the citizens.

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  • jimmy
    Dec 3, 2014 - 8:53PM

    Sharif is looking into it, but if these people promise to build a bridge where sharif brothers factories stuff can be used then they have a bigger chance. Please people of pakistan build bridges and roads and help sharif brothers build the pakistan.

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  • Hira
    Dec 3, 2014 - 9:41PM

    We all know report will serve no good, instead all culprit policemen will get promotion, this is what happening always in Shahbaz reign. Because model town responsible do not get the required punishment, this makes the Punjab Govt really adamant to repeat such crimes………….time for courts to take action.

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  • Anjum James Paul
    Dec 3, 2014 - 9:43PM

    Shame on the brutal act of the Punjab police. This is not the way to treat the marginalized special persons who were without sight but it seems that the police was blind.One of my class mate who holds M.Phil degree was also manhandled and baton by the ruthless police.The culprits must be terminated from the service instead of suspension. They must be a lesson for others who treated in such a brutal way on the International Blind Day.Recommend

  • sl
    Dec 3, 2014 - 9:51PM

    Model Town brutal killings, deaths of 2 dozen children due lack of oxygen, blood transfusions from contaminated blood with AIDS virus, murderous attack on the disabled etc

    God help us from these people who have ruled Punjab like kings.

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  • ARQUM
    Dec 3, 2014 - 9:52PM

    @Cynic Waheed: i was abt to comment the same. Ch. Allah dita is a very loyal and dedicated patwari. If NS says that the sun rises from the west, mr. Ditta will even accept that.

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  • MMB
    Dec 3, 2014 - 10:11PM

    I couldn’t see the pictures and had tears in my eyes. Are they not afraid of Allah? Specially Punjab police and how they treat innocent? May Allah guide them all. If Nawaz wanted to do something for Pakistan, correcting the police system would have been enough. I am left with no other option than Imran Khan. May Allah succeed him in making Naya Pakistan. AmeenRecommend

  • Ranjha
    Dec 3, 2014 - 10:40PM

    Utter fascists. Go Gullu Butt Go!

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  • Ranjha
    Dec 3, 2014 - 10:47PM

    @Cynic Waheed:

    His name is @Ch. Allah Dad, not @Ch. Allah Ditta. Anyways, he is currently busy cleaning his dundas to remove the blood of blind people. He will then dress up as a “democrat” and start printing more darbari qaseedas here in favour of his great “democratic” emperors. Be patient, @Ch. Allah Dad is on his way!

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  • Usman Aziz
    Dec 3, 2014 - 10:53PM

    PPl wud still find a reason to vote and support PMLN because Slavery is in their blood, all the curse on those who are with sharifs

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  • Parvez
    Dec 3, 2014 - 11:48PM

    Well done Shahbaz Sharif….how many Gullu Butts have you inducted into the Punjab police ?

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  • Dawood
    Dec 3, 2014 - 11:58PM

    Thats the problem with shabaz sharif.much talk no workRecommend

  • Bukhari
    Dec 4, 2014 - 12:08AM

    This is really disturbing, Oh Allah help us, forgive us for what we did wrong. Save us. I am very upset today. I hv seen these clips on tv and sadden me alot. We should all pray to God and ask for forgiveness.

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  • Waqar Hassan Butt
    Dec 4, 2014 - 12:45AM

    Extremely Disturbing Incident

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  • ny
    Dec 4, 2014 - 2:38AM

    This is why we’re out on the streets with Imran Khan; to fight these corrupt tyrants! It’s not about supporting left-wing or right-wing politicians anymore. Right now, you either support tyrants, or you support the defiant protesters who’re battling these tyrants!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 4, 2014 - 4:05AM

    Can anyone tell what Mian Shehbaz Sharif has to do in this matter? He has taken notice of the stupidity of some brainless and jahil policemen. Some are suspended and soon they would be punished. Those who are blaming Mian Sahib are no different than these mentally delayed policemen.

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  • JA
    Dec 4, 2014 - 8:19AM

    Look how the King celebrate “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”? I find no word to express my feelings…..

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  • Old Ravian
    Dec 4, 2014 - 9:49AM

    What is the big deal? the Punjab Police was merely following the SOPs…….

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  • Iram
    Dec 4, 2014 - 10:09AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Mian Shahbaz has nothing to do with this incident and also with Model Town incident, is police reporting to CM of Indian Punjab?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Dec 4, 2014 - 10:31AM

    Ruling for 30 years, finger wagging Chief Minister obsessed with Turkish companies is really disgusting.

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  • Ebad
    Dec 4, 2014 - 10:35AM

    Shameful. Those poor blind people deserved better. The Punjab Police is pathetic depiction of what happens when all you focus on is building roads, bus systems, distributing laptops etc. instead of strengthening the system and providing basic necessities to the masses.

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  • Nadiya
    Dec 4, 2014 - 10:52AM

    Thank god though that they were just beaten up and not shot at! You never know what these thugs end up doing!

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Dec 4, 2014 - 11:11AM

    I would say only this that PML-N and Punjab Police always go together in Punjab for their against the laws actions and only VVIP culture is being promoted in Pakistan by PML-N and other ruling parties in parliament and provincial assemblies and the same situation of VVIP’s culture’s promotion has been displayed in Sindh by PPP…….

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  • Nadiya
    Dec 4, 2014 - 11:17AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    No no none of his fault, he’s just sitting on the chief ministers seat for the last consecutive six years and still haven’t been able to fix the Punjab police. Just the fault of Pakistani people who vote for him!oh lord give us some brains.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 4, 2014 - 1:59PM

    Today, I saw the most shameful scenes by Punjab Police on TV’s history. They have lost all their credibility by beating innocent, hapless, visually impaired people of this country. What was their crime? Asking for jobs?

    And our CM of Punjab is lavishly spending our tax money on these trips without even taking notice of the situation. PMLN talk about restoring democracy and give examples about western democracy but have no idea what democracy really is.

    In the western world, if a situation like this occurs, any minister directly or indirectly responsible for the current crisis resigns from his or her post. Not because it was his fault but because under his supervision and governance the crisis happened and he was not able to stop it. This means he cannot do his job properly and that is why he resigns.

    Sadly, in Pakistan we will never see such thing ever occurring. Neither PM or CM of Punjab will ever take notice of it. They will never admit that their government has failed to protect the people. Those people who they claim has given them the mandate to form the government. They will only condemn this crisis and will never take actions against those who are responsible.

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  • junaid
    Dec 4, 2014 - 2:23PM

    I feel ashamed to be a citizen of this country.

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  • Hassan
    Dec 4, 2014 - 2:35PM

    Go Nawaz Go

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  • Main Faisal Sharif
    Dec 4, 2014 - 4:57PM

    Main sb. has taken notice. No doubt incident is very bad but how it is Main sb.’s fault. It was mishandeling by Police. Please stop blaming Main sb. for everything.

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  • Faisal
    Dec 4, 2014 - 6:58PM

    @Main Faisal Sharif:
    Only a Sharif could post such an innocent comment !

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  • Kindhart1
    Dec 4, 2014 - 8:23PM

    Exactly @Sami:

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  • Wajahat
    Dec 4, 2014 - 11:02PM

    Once again King Shahbaz Sharif ibne Mian Sharif took notice of the incidence while respective department and officers had no courage to investigate it. O you King! Just listen, it is 21th century and it is not at all a way to run the affairs of a province. You should strengthen departments and get rid of this rusted bureaucracy.

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  • Anon
    Dec 5, 2014 - 10:27AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Where are these brainless and jahil policemen coming from? Dropping form heaven? Born into police clothes? Randomly selected by lottery?

    When are you going to get it into your head that the development of the law enforcing agencies is the primary responsibility of the government!

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  • bilal
    Dec 5, 2014 - 4:15PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    you are funny

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  • Lion King
    Dec 5, 2014 - 8:00PM

    @Umair: they build metros and other mega projects for the love of kickbacks and not for the love of their serfs the people in this country

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  • king
    Dec 5, 2014 - 8:05PM

    imagine the culprits of model town punished…would this have happend?..that’s why Khan is taking a stance against rigging in election ,too…let’s first punish the cuprits then we may proceed

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  • Saeed
    Dec 5, 2014 - 10:55PM

    Once again King Shahbaz Sharif ibne Mian Sharif took notice of the incidence while respective department and officers had no courage to investigate it. O you King! Just listen, it is 21th century and it is not at all a way to run the affairs of a province. You should strengthen departments and get rid of this rusted bureaucracy.

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