Policeman martyred, 48 wounded in crackdown to disperse Faizabad protesters

Faizabad operation: police submits reply in SC

ISLAMABAD: The clashes with security police in Islamabad have turned ugly as a policeman was martyred and at least 37 people wounded in the early morning crackdown on Islamabad protesters.
Policeman was killed as a result of stone pelting from the protesters.
Meantime, the protest has spilled over to different places in different cities including Sialkot, Karachi, Lahore, Khanewal, Gujranwala and Attock.
In Karachi, several protesters have hit the roads in different areas including Star Gate, Khudadad Colony and Numaish. MA Jinnah Road has been blocked.
The wounded include 13 police personnel, seven FC men and ten civilians in clashes with the protesters.
As many as 150 beds have been set aside and medicines for nearly 200 people in Allied Hospital.
Less than two and a half hours after operation started against Faizabad sit-in protesters, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have dispersed majority of the protesters.
Islamabad Police with help of Frontier Corps personnel and other LEAs have dispersed the protesters on
I.J. Principal Road near Faizabad Interchange, however, shelling is ongoing against protesters on Rawalpindi’s Murree Road.
The crackdown has been started against protesters who had been blocking the Faizabad interchange since first week of November after last of a long series of deadlines lapsed without response from agitating parties.
Police have now surrounded the protesters from all sides. In response, the protesters started throwing stones at the security forces.
Protesters chanted slogans before throwing stones on security personnel. The police began using tear gas in response. Some security personnel were also injured.
Protesters are starting to retreat in face of police action. Security personnel have gone as far as one kilometre into the area occupied by the protesters.
Security forces also uprooted some of the belongings and tents set up by protesters during the sit-in. An emergency has been declared in hospitals of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and all shops and businesses have been shut in the vicinity of the operation.


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