Pakistan: Police get 'free hand' if attacked by PTI workers
Lahore (Pakistan), March 20: Caretaker Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab Mohsin Naqvi on Monday gave the police a "free hand" if they were "attacked" again and announced the formation of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) into the chaos that ensued at Zaman Park last week, according to the Tribune.
During a press conference in Lahore, the provincial government stated that it has decided to send all details of the incident to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Naqvi added that it is critical to convey that the province has a state and governance. "The operation to clear the road was done two days ago because roads cannot be kept closed permanently," he added.
He added that the police and Rangers had "reached the gate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's house but were called back twice because the government did not want any bloodshed".
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He further said that an elite force vehicle was stopped and thrown into the canal.
"If a police vehicle is thrown into the canal, then the writ of the state does not exist, but now the writ of government will be established and the hands moving towards the police will be broken," he warned.
The caretaker chief minister also stated that the inspector general (IG) has been given full authority to take appropriate action, and that Rangers' tenure has also been extended.
The caretaker CM went on to say that he supports the province's police force and warned anyone who "raises their hands against the police" with a similar response.
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