Faisalabad violence: Police register FIR against 250 PTI workers

Published: December 9, 2014
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Express News screengrab of PTI workers protesting and burning tyres on Mall Road in Lahore.

Express News screengrab of PTI workers protesting and burning tyres on Mall Road in Lahore.

LAHORE: Faisalabad police registered an FIR against 250 unidentified Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers on Tuesday following Monday’s violent protests, which resulted in the death of one PTI activist, Express News reported.

During the protests, 23-year-old Haq Nawaz was shot dead allegedly by an unidentified Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) worker.

Earlier on Tuesday, PTI supporters gathered at Mall Road in Lahore to offer funeral prayers of Nawaz as protests continued in the city.

The call for a funeral prayer and protest was made by the PTI Monday evening. The funeral prayers were attended by PTI leaders, including Abdul Aleem Khan and Omer Sarfaraz Cheema.

Chants against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were heard at the location, while a crowd of PTI workers were seen burning tyres on Mall Road, which had been sealed off and has resulted in heavy traffic.

PML-N denies association with Faisalabad shooter

Addressing a press conference in Faisalabad, the PML-N leader clarified that his party does not have any links with the shooter who was identified by the media as Shahid Ali.

Conflicting reports also identified him as Nadeem Mughal, who is a PML-N worker.

During the press conference, Sanaullah called Mughal in front of the media and asked him to hold a picture of the shooter in his left hand, while holding his identity card in the right.

The former law minister went on to slam PTI chief Imran Khan’s nationwide call for shutdown, saying Imran only wants to put “brakes on the country’s progress.”

Further, Sanaullah accused PTI workers of carrying stones and tires with them on the day of the clash and solely blamed them for the violence. “The PTI is following the agenda of vandalism,” he said.

The PML-N leader also poked fun at the PTI chief for calling his workers to his residence.

“I was waiting for you with chai, ras gullay and cream rolls,” he said.

Sanaullah also labeled Imran as the “beneficiary” of the clash and accused him of derailing democracy. Further, Sanaullah stated that he would take legal action against some PTI leaders including Arif Alvi for yesterday’s events.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • MMB
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:33PM

    Woww, this is the solution PMLN has? A person like me who would hardly step out in these gathering is actually made to get up and go protest against them out of anger on the government. They will never understand that it is working against them and thats why day by day PTI is getting stronger.

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  • Anarchist
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:34PM

    What about PML-N workers? What about police that stoodby while the murderer was killing protesters?

    If the crowd did anything untowardly, police should have intervened, not private guards of PNL-N. But then again this is what you get in name of justice in Pakistan.

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  • Umair
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:43PM

    so no action against shareefs and their cronies who have turned up this country into their private shooting range, stop this political victimization and arrest Rana Sanaullah and PML N workers who engaged with PTI supporters for creating chaos

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  • Layman
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:43PM

    I have no idea if this Government know the meaning of democracy or not, what kind of system do we have in Pakistan where a person shown on TV straight firing and killing innocent people has not been caught yet and FIR’s are lodged on people who want a judicial commission to be formed to probe the worst rigging in this country, why government is more willing to destroy Pakistan instead of just creating a commission and let it do its work, is this demand much to be killed for, please ET let my comment be posted and don’t sensor it.

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  • abc
    Dec 9, 2014 - 4:48PM

    Gulu Butt N league is nothing but hypocrite.

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  • Abbas
    Dec 9, 2014 - 5:02PM

    And they say why people hate them..Gullocracy is the real name of democracy in PAK.

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  • zahir
    Dec 9, 2014 - 5:10PM

    Pakistani media has proved that they have discharge their moral,ethical and legal responsibilities. Reporting an “Unidentified” PML(N) worker provides this evidence. If someone is unidentified, how can you say that he belongs to pmln?
    IK announced a shutterdown strike, and left it with shop owners/business men to decide, they why PTI workers came out to shut the system down forcefully? why IK himself brought couple of hundred workers from different part of the country to F’abad. Why he didn’t leave it with the F’abad citizen to decide.
    Anyway, congratulation Imran, you got one dead body and need few more to become PM.

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  • Shuaib
    Dec 9, 2014 - 5:12PM

    @Layman:
    The problem is your leader Imran Khan.
    The Government wants a judicial comission recounting ALL of the election. Imran Khan wants his HANDPICKED 30/35 seats.
    Second problem Noon League says NS will resign only if there is proof there has been SYSTEMIC rigging. Whereas PTI says anyrigging should be enough to make NS resign.

    The blood is on Imran Khan’s hands, why doesnt he agree to it? It’s a fair proposal. Imran Khan is a power hungry anarchist.

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  • Lolz
    Dec 9, 2014 - 5:14PM

    History repeats itself!!!!! These PML-N folks are digging their own political graves…..

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  • faraz
    Dec 9, 2014 - 5:14PM

    Punjab was not voted for Ik and will not vote in 2018 as well..Punjab is strong qila of Nawaz Sharif..Recommend

  • real truth
    Dec 9, 2014 - 5:35PM

    @MMB:
    Go get a job! Idle mind is devil’s workshop. Pti is getting stronger in ur head n on facebook.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 9, 2014 - 6:14PM

    Those who incited violence are real culprits. The people of Faisalabad reacted in self defence. We will never allow these burgers to destroy our properties, businesses and peace of the city. Next time don’t even try to come to Faisalabad.

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  • saif
    Dec 9, 2014 - 6:38PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad.. I thought Chauhdary & Butts to be different.. I am wrong

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  • Ali.B
    Dec 9, 2014 - 7:31PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    and those who fire in open are in your league…nawaz has to die like Qaddafi…

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Dec 9, 2014 - 7:37PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    You are not even a troll.

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  • M Saleem Chaudhry
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:09PM

    This is the same Sanaullah Rana who got 14 innocent people killed and 90+ injured by direct firing of police in Model Town. As a consequence he resigned as Law Minister to ease the pressure on his patrons,Mians but they have again given him old portfolio, thinking him to be indispensable.
    Once again he is playing the same games to prove himself more loyal to the king than king himself.

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  • salman
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:26PM

    @Shuaib:
    Incorrect. Imran has already said that any seat that PTI won, he is happy to have the votes verified. It is in fact PMLN who keep running to courts to get stay orders to stop vote verification.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:41PM

    @Ch Allah Daad You are absolutely correct. The real culprits are the ones inciting violence. To others, it has nothing to do with Shareefs! It is every thing to do with one leader inciting hate and violence and causing this reaction.
     
    @Ali To get to Nawaz people will have to get through me and my family and my friends. Nothing will happen to Nawaz that you wish or dream of other than in 2018 he may win again.
     
    @Zahir What ever happen from here on this ego maniac Imran will NEVER EVER become PM. He is not fit to be..

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  • raider
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:41PM

    the fault line which pmln is currently enduring is that when ever they encounter such blow, they react like political party having arms fighting with opponents using state machinery,their reminiscence is totally lost that they are in govt,they consider that votes are for powers not for govt, they consider that state power is their right to assault any one,amongst evidence could be rigistration of FIR against pti workers as state but not against pmln,this is conflict of interest of state,

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  • raider
    Dec 9, 2014 - 9:06PM

    @Shuaib:
    so sad dear, again and again u call as anarchist to imran and his allies, but have u called those who killed innocents at model, again at jehlum,and recently at Faisalabad,u could not utter a word for perpetrator of staight and day light in camera firing at peoles,i am not pti supporter but to my life i have never witnessed that any pti workers have ever guns and fired at any person or more precisely at pmln workers

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Dec 9, 2014 - 9:50PM

    @H Chaudhry:
    “What ever happen from here on this ego maniac Imran will NEVER EVER become PM. He is not fit to be”. After watching our current fake PM, i have the reasons to doubt your sanity. :)

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  • Ranjha
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:31PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Godspeed Imran. Go kick some Butts (and Chaudhries too)!

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  • ALI
    Dec 10, 2014 - 1:46AM

    @ H Chaudhry:
    How much does PML-N pay you everyday to talk like this?
    Will you move to another party if they pay you more? lol

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