The people saw yet another example of state brutality as the police forces opened fire at Allama Tahirul Qadri’s followers, who had gathered outside his Minhajul Quran Secretariat to stop the authorities from removing barriers erected at the gate. Straight fire by the police at the Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s supporters left more than a dozen people dead and over 90 injured. The dead included two women and a 16-year-old boy.
The attack was vehemently condemned by politicians, elected representatives and human rights organizations. PPP MNA Dr Nafeesa Shah said that it seemed as if the battlefield had shifted from North Waziristan to Lahore where police killed people in broad daylight. Sheikh Rashid equated the Lahore incident with the famous Jallianwala Bagh massacre under the British rule when the British army opened fire on peaceful protesters back in 1919 in Amritsar.