Extremist Islamic group in Pakistan concerns about cartoons on the Prophet Muhammad: The concerns of the extremist Islamic group in Pakistan have taken another turn. The group has been raising concerns in Pakistan over its satirical cartoons on the Prophet Muhammad in France.
The Islamic group Tehreek-e-Islami Pakistan (TLP) has set April 20 as the deadline for the government to expel French ambassadors. Pakistani police have arrested TLP leader Saad Hussain Rizvi, who is leading the agitation.
This led to riots across the country and more than 10 people have died as these concerns have turned violent. 600 policemen were injured and Now in Lahore, eight security personnel have been taken hostage by protesters.
Among them was a senior police officer and two paramilitary personnel, Lahore police spokesman Arif Rana said. He explained that TLP supporters were hurling petrol bottles at security personnel.
The protesters also opened fire. 11 officers were injured in the incident. Many security officers were taken hostage by TLP activists during this time. However, some hostages were later released.
A TLP spokesman made a statement on the clashes. Police said four of their activists were killed in the shooting. The statement alleged that several people were injured.
He said the French ambassadors had to be expelled from their country. TLP leader Allama Muhammad Shafiq Amini made it clear that their concerns would not be allayed until then. He alleged that we had protested peacefully, and the police were attacking us.
Firdous Ashiq Awan, the spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, said protesters had abducted 12 security personnel and detained them at the TLP mosque in Lahore. The French government has warned all its citizens to return home immediately as anti-French concerns escalate.