Lahore policemen launched after talks with banned TLP: Sheikh Rasheed

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Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed addressing a press convention. Photo: File

LAHORE: The 11 policemen, who have been taken hostage in Lahore by the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have been launched after profitable negotiations carried out by the Punjab authorities, stated Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on   Monday.

The minister, in a video assertion, knowledgeable that the “first round of talks” concluded in a “successful manner” following which the policemen have been launched and the protesters had gone contained in the Masjid Rehmatulil Alameen. 

Rasheed stated that the police had additionally been withdrawn.

Hoping that different issues would even be resolved within the subsequent spherical of talks, the federal minister maintained that out of 192 blockades, just one was remaining and the state of affairs was bettering there as properly. 

“Talks have begun with the banned TLP and the first phase has ended on a positive note. The second round of talks will begin in the morning, ” Rasheed said.

He hoped that issues could be settled amicably.

12 policemen held hostage

CM Punjab’s aide Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had earlier stated that “miscreants” armed with petrol bombs attacked the Nawankot Police Station, taking 12 policemen hostage whereas injuring six others.

The CM Punjab’s aide, in a press release shared by Lahore Police stated that Rangers and police personnel have been trapped contained in the police station as a result of assault.

The miscreants held the deputy superintendent of police hostage at gunpoint, together with 11 different policemen, and drove them to their Markaz (comprising a mosque and madrassah) close by.

‘Action to be taken in self-defence’

According to the police assertion, the regulation enforcers pushed again the miscreants and took again possession of the police station.

“Police did not plan or conduct any operation against the mosque or madrassah. The action, if any, was in self-defence and to protect public property,” learn the assertion.

Awan warned that any motion taken was in self-defence and to rescue the cops taken hostage.

Apart from attacking the police station and kidnapping officers, the miscreants additionally stole an oil tanker carrying 50,000 litres of petrol, she had stated.