LAHORE: The 11 policemen, who had 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, mentioned Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Monday.
The minister, in a video assertion, knowledgeable that the “first spherical of talks” concluded in a “profitable method” following which the policemen had been launched and the protesters had gone contained in the Masjid Rehmatulil Alameen.
Rasheed mentioned that the police had additionally been withdrawn.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 enhancing there as properly.
“Talks have begun with the banned TLP and the primary section has ended on a constructive word. The second spherical of talks will start within the morning, ” Rasheed acknowledged.
He hoped that issues can be settled amicably.
12 policemen held hostage
CM Punjab’s aide Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had earlier mentioned 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 mentioned that Rangers and police personnel had been trapped contained in the police station because of the 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.
‘Motion to be taken in self-defence’
In response to the police assertion, the legislation enforcers pushed again the miscreants and took again possession of the police station.
“Police didn’t plan or conduct any operation towards the mosque or madrassah. The motion, if any, was in self-defence and to guard public property,” learn the assertion.
Awan warned that any motion taken was in self-defence and to rescue the law enforcement officials taken hostage.
Other than attacking the police station and kidnapping officers, the miscreants additionally stole an oil tanker carrying 50,000 litres of petrol, she had mentioned.