Will The Police Repeat The Lahore Incident In Rawalpindi On June 23?

Post by Majid Khalid / PakistanFeed Staff

It was on June 17, 2014 when something utterly unexpected took place in Lahore. The supporters of PAT (Pakistan Awami Tehreek) led by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri got in a clash with the police for removing the barriers from Qadri’s residence. The clash was so violent that 8 people died due to the violent method of the police for tackling the protesters.

Nearly 100 people were injured in the incident too. There was no mercy shown to any of the genders – men and women were given the same treatment. This raised many other protests and reactions across the country including Karachi. While PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) and PAT were already busy in their anti-government addresses and congregations, this gave the people of Pakistan another reason to bring the government of Pakistan before the nozzle.

This was not one of the accidents that commonly take place in Pakistan – Pakistan being a country where a lot is happening at any given moment. However, the nation’s anger against the police and government has now put a big question mark on what will happen on June 23, 2014.

June 23 is the day when Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri will be arriving in Pakistan to lift the anti-government passion in the nation since he believes that the present government is not loyal with the nation and is only working for its own benefits. Rana Sanaullah has already presented his resignation after the incident of Lahore but this will put the next person on the seat under more pressure on how to deal with the situation on June 23.

Dr. Qadri will arrive in Islamabad at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The government officials are still pondering over how to handle the supporters at the airport and whether or not to allow them to enter the airport.

A high ranking police officer from Islamabad has given his comments on the attitude of Lahore Police on June 17. He felt ashamed and embarrassed of what his colleagues had done on that day. A recent development is that the police are being told to use rubber bullets when tackling the big protests and violent protesters. Intelligence agencies have continuously asked the government to remain calm and let the supporters go about their business peacefully.

June 23 is being awaited as a day of big test for the government of Pakistan.

Nawaz government has always remained under the gunfire on the issue of “police gurdi”. The term means that Nawaz government uses police as a political tool for suppressing whatever seems unfavorable for the government. Several incidents involving extremely violent behavior of police men have taken place during Nawaz government in the past.

Looking at how composed Nawaz has looked during his current reign so far, it doesn’t seem that the Lahore incident will have any impact on his thoughts and attitude. The governments of Pakistan have always considered themselves unanswerable before the nation. Looking at that, we can expect more brutality from the police in the coming days.