LAHORE – The Punjab Police claimed to have recovered automatic weapons from Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers which lead to the offensive actions against them.
Speaking to media after concluding a 14-hour-long operation on Tuesday, the Chief City Police Officer (CCPO) Shafeeq Gujjar held a press conference in which he revealed that PAT workers with weapons fought with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).
“We have recovered automatic weapons from PAT activists. The armed men opened direct fire on policemen,” said CCPO Lahore, Shafeeq Gujar at a press conference.
He said five people were killed in the clash, adding that 53 PAT workers have been arrested. “We are still chasing after them and hopefully all of them will be captured,” he added.
The clashes erupted late on Monday when police entered Model Town and dismantled the barriers outside the PAT chief’s residence that also serves as secretariat o f Minhaj-ul-Quran International.