Eight killed in police action at Minhajul Quran secretariat in Lahore

LAHORE: At least eight people have been killed and 70 including a policeman injured during a clash between protestors and police outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat.

Clashes which began early Tuesday morning intensified during the day.

In the early hours of Tuesday, Minhajul Quran workers pelted police with stones and chanted slogans against the government as law enforces tried to remove blockades placed outside the secretariat of the organization and residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri.

Heavy contingent of police baton charged the protesters and resorted to aerial firing and tear gas to disperse the angry workers.

The police said that the hurdles were being removed as people were facing difficulties in their movements.

The Minhajul Quran workers pelted police with stones and chanted slogans against the government as the law enforces tried to remove blockades placed outside the secretariat of the organization and residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri in the early hours of Tuesday.

Heavy contingent of police baton charged the protesters and resorted to aerial firing and tear gas to disperse the angry workers.

The police said that the hurdles were being removed as people were facing difficulties in their movements.

However, a spokesman for the Minhajul Quran said that the organization had sought the Lahore High Court orders to close the roads near the secretariat.

A policeman was critically injured and was shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Denouncing the police action, Dr Tahirul Qadri said that the government could not stop the revolution through vendetta in the darkness of the night.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain also condemned the ‘police torture’ on Minhajul Quran workers.