TLP nationwide protests – Police continue to arrest rioters
Following Supreme Court verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi, police have been registering cases against those who were involved in destroying properties.
In Islamabad, 500 people have been booked and 12 have been arrested. In addition to that, 170 rioters have been arrested from Sheikhupura. Police said that they have arrested some users on behalf of video identification.
“The rioters had not only damaged property but clashed 34 policemen,” officials added.
The Minister of State for Interior, Shehriyar Afridi has directed the following authorities for the submission of the report.
- Federal Investigation Authority (FIA)
- National Database Registration Authority (NADRA)
- Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
Earlier a meeting was also held in this regard. In the meeting, it was decided that assistance will be sought from the Defense Ministry to identify the rioters.
The Minister said:
“Criminal proceedings are underway against rioters and police is arresting those who are involved in damaging properties and harassing citizens.”
Orders have been issued imprison 19 routers under the Maintenance of Public (MPO). According to Islamabad administration, 33 rioters have been identified.
500 people including Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) Chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and senior leader Afzal Qadri have been booked in 11 cases. The suspects face charges of disrupting peace and blocking roads in Lahore.
A complaint cell has also established by the government in order to collect videos of miscreants involved in damaging.
The Minister said that citizens can also share pictures and videos of those involved in damaging state. A contact number has been given for this purpose (0331-5480011).
The name and number of citizens who share pictures and videos of violent protestors will be kept confidential.
The government further promised to take appropriate actions to redress any deaths that may have occurred during the protests. Furthermore, it also promised to release all people picked up in connection with the protests.
The TLP, in turn, offered an apology “if it hurt the sentiments or inconvenienced anyone without reason”.