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Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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