‘Miscreants’ maintain 12 policemen hostage, assault police station in Lahore

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LAHORE: In response to the assault launched on the Nawankot Police Station in Lahore which led to the damage of six policemen, whereas a dozen different police officers had been taken hostage,  Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan mentioned that the police didn’t launch any operation in opposition to the miscreants. 

She mentioned that the police solely opted for a retaliatory move in a bid to avoid wasting the officers that the miscreants held hostage. 

“The miscreants were armed with petrol bombs when they attacked the Nawankot Police Station, taking 12 policemen hostage and leaving six injured,” Dr Awan mentioned.

Sharing a press release by the Lahore police, she mentioned that owing to the assault, by which the attackers used petrol bombs and bottles of acid, Rangers and police personnel had been trapped contained in the police station.

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.

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

According to the police assertion, the police 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, confirming the identical, mentioned that any motion taken was in self-defence and to rescue the law enforcement officials taken hostage.

She mentioned that in clashes this week between protesters and police, six police personnel had been martyred, whereas greater than 700 had been injured.

It ought to be recalled that final week, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan — which was declared a proscribed organisation on Thursday — referred to as for protests and sit-ins throughout the nation which took a violent flip after protesters began clashing with the police. As a outcome, not less than three individuals — together with two policemen — had been killed. Meanwhile, lots of of police personnel sustained accidents whereas attempting to disperse the protesting crowd through the three-day protest.

According to the police, the protesters additionally vandalised private and non-private property whereas blocking roads which result in large site visitors jams in several cities of Pakistan, a few of which even lasted for greater than 5 hours. Owing to the site visitors jams, flights needed to be delayed, whereas hospitals in Lahore confronted a crucial state of affairs because of a scarcity of oxygen cylinders.

Govt can’t be blackmailed: Fawad Chaudhry

Commenting on Sunday’s incident, Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry mentioned that whereas the federal government believes in holding a dialogue with totally different events, it will not be blackmailed by means of violence.

“Police officials and Rangers personnel were abducted in Lahore, in response to which an operation had to be launched,” he mentioned whereas reiterating that the federal government won’t be blackmailed by banned organisations.

The minister added that, as a lot as different individuals, Prime Minister Imran Khan can also be an ardent follower of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) — one thing which he has proved again and again by citing the subject of respecting the Prophet of Islam on totally different boards.