The fresh clashes broke out between the Punjab police and the activists of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in Lahore, resulting in the deaths of three policemen and injuries to several others.
The TLP workers staged a sit-in outside its headquarters at Masjid Rehmatul-lil-Aalemeen in Lahore following the culmination of the 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal procession, demanding the government to release their Chief Saad Hussain Rizvi and expel the French ambassador.
اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَاِنَّا اِلَیْہِ رَاجِعُوْنَ
کالعدم تنظیم کے پر تشدد مظاہروں میں عوام کے تحفظ اور امن و امان کی فضا برقرار رکھنے کے دوران فرائض کی ادائیگی میں خالد جاوید اور محمد ایوب شہید ہوئے۔
الہیٰ کریم شہداء کے درجات بلند فرمائے اور لواحقین کو صبر جمیل عطا فرمائے۔ آمین pic.twitter.com/hQpMKWeaqz
— DIG Operations Lahore (@DIGOpsLahore) October 23, 2021
The religiopolitical group also announced to march towards Islamabad for another sit-in at Faizabad.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government formed a Committee to negotiate with the TLP leadership; however, they set a precondition to free Saad Rizvi and resulting in a deadlock.
Taking preemptive measures to halt TLP activists to congregate at Faisalabad, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) placed blocked roads by placing containers in various areas of Rawalpindi.
In Lahore also, various roads were blocked and internet services were suspended.
Situation in Islamabad & Rawalpindi:
- 26 Number: Open
- Serena front: Open (Containers placed towards Globe Chowk; however Serena entry: Open
- D Chowk: Open, (Closed towards Parliament side)
- Abpara: Open
- Zero Point: Open
- Rawal Chowk: Open
- Murree Road: Closed both sides at Faizabad
- Nepra Side: Open
Following areas in Rawalpindi are blocked with containers, police and Rangers are deployed:
- Liaquat bagh towards Fawara Chowk
- Committee Chowk towards Raja bazar
- Waris Khan towards Asghar Mall
- Murree road towards Commercial Market
- Murree road towards 6th road
- Double road Cricket Stadium road
- Faizabad towards Murree road and IJP road
- Rawal Road toward Expressway at Faizabad
Following roads are closed in Lahore for all kinds of traffic by LEAs due to TLP March;
- Dubai Chowk towards Scheme Mor
- Kharak towards Scheme Mor
- Liaquat Chowk towards Scheme Mor
- Gulshan Ravi Double Sarkan towards Yateem Khana
- Samanabad towards Yateem Khana
- Bandar Road Shell Pump towards Yateem Khana
- Babu Sabu towards Motorway
- Shahdara Chowk
- Sagian Pul
- Purana Ravi Pul
- Moon Market towards Scheme Mor
- Bijli Ghar towards Scheme Mor
- District Khechari towards Sagian
- Data Darbar towards Pir Makki
- Lahore Ring Road