PAT workers attack police with fire arms: Punjab Police

Members of the Punjabi Police Force train to be part of the Quick Response Force, a speciality unit assembled and trained to deal with emergency situations.   The unit was created after Islamic Militants attacked a police training school outside of Lahore on March 30th, 2009.  In Pakistan, the Police have found themselves on the frontline battling against Islamic Militants trying to destabilize the country.  Thus far, they have proven to be incapable of meeting this challenge as they are poorly trained, under equipped and notoriously corrupt. PHOTO: Zackary Canepari for The Wall Street Journal

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.

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