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Pakistan

Punjab police to respond with equal force if assaulted again by PTI supporters: Mohsin Naqvi

  • Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister says police had been patient with PTI workers during Zaman Park raids
Published March 20, 2023

The interim government of Punjab on Monday said it will create a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the alleged torture of law enforcement officers by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters in Lahore during operations at PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence.

In a press conference, Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi expressed concern over PTI workers assaulting police personnel and law enforcers and said officers will respond with “equal force” if they are manhandled in the future.

Punjab police says it found weapons, petrol bombs from Imran Khan’s house

“Law enforcement exercised patience in handling the situation but from now on, police will respond to any mistreatment with equal force,” he said.

He maintained that the police had been unable to implement the court order to arrest Imran as officers could not enter Zaman Park.

Last week on Tuesday, police launched an operation in Zaman Park residence to arrest Imran in relation to the Toshakhana case. This was followed by 22 hours of clashes between police and PTI supporters, while multiple cities erupted with protests.

Hours-long clashes with PTI supporters as police attempt to arrest Imran Khan

Imran said on Saturday that “despite my having gotten bail in all my cases, the PDM government intends to arrest me”.

On Saturday, Punjab Police launched another operation on Zaman Park residence and made their way inside the premises.

Imran strongly condemned the attack and said, “Punjab police have led an assault on my house in Zaman Park where Bushra Begum is alone”.

According to reports, police arrested and baton-charged many PTI workers after breaking down the main gate of Zaman Park residence.

Police officials stated that the workers had injured and thrown petrol bombs at law enforcement officials in a prior operation and “we are conducting the operation to arrest the miscreants”.

Later, IG Punjab Usman Anwar said that police found assault rifles, bullets, petrol bombs and other ammunition from Zaman Park during the operation.

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Kashif ALI Mar 20, 2023 01:58pm
The writ of the State must never be compromised by such hooliganism of cult followers. IK is such a coward leader who fears death like a coward and exploits filthy illiterate brainless people. Pakistan needs such a leadership which does not have any political interest in the country. No PTI, no PDM. PTI has been the worst political mafia, followed closely by PDM. Democracy is not for countries like Pakistan where intellectual level of public at large is almost zero. Such people must be governed either by indifferent Technocrats or by Middle Eastern absolute Monarchy.
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Walt Disney Mar 20, 2023 02:27pm
HANG MOHSIN NAQVI!!!
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BK Mar 20, 2023 03:07pm
Naqvi you are a jerk! Stop this nonsense! PTI supports are Pakistanis and you have no right to harass them to the extent that they retaliate and then you arrest them. PDM and army elites are taking the country towards civil unrest/war. Their egos need to tone down! Just get the bloody elections done as per constitution and stop harassing PTI workers
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BK Mar 20, 2023 03:10pm
Can somebody from the judiciary take notice here? How can one get justice in PAK? If ex PM cannot get justice then ordinary people of PAK have no hope and will always be at the mercy of Naqvis and shareefs and sanaullahs, zardaris and of course the noble army. Stand with truth people! Stand with IK
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Vaqas Amin Farooqi Mar 20, 2023 04:38pm
Police is too afraid to name the real culprits who assaulted them.
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bonce richard Mar 20, 2023 05:27pm
@BK, Mr. Zardari Mr. Maulana Fazalur Rehman, and the Shahbaz Sharif family members are very honest for the country. We pray they will divide the country soon because they give free hand to the army to make money.
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Sumi Mar 20, 2023 08:44pm
Mir Jafer has spoken!
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Love Your Country Mar 20, 2023 08:46pm
IK brought the element of hatred into Pakistani politics just as DT did in the US.
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BK Mar 20, 2023 08:57pm
@Kashif ALI, Oh wow! From which remote dessert have you emerged from? The leadership should be building the intellect of a country, giving people rights and opportunities to flourish. We don't need dictatorship (like middle east) and btw we have always been under de facto dictatorship of the Army (politicians and ordinary people are the mercy of army elites since 47). And look where it got us...open your mind and support the people's rule...not monarchy/dictatorship...
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