The group stated 5 supporters died within the clashes whereas not less than two police officers have been additionally killed.

1000’s of supporters of the banned far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have departed the jap Pakistan metropolis of Lahore, clashing for a second straight day with police who lobbed tear gasoline shells into the group, a celebration spokesman and witnesses stated.

The group stated on Saturday that 5 of its supporters have died within the clashes whereas not less than two police officers have been additionally killed.

“Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan misplaced two folks Friday night time and three extra in the present day to police firing,” the get together tweeted on Saturday.

TLP members started their journey on Friday with the objective of reaching the capital, Islamabad, to stress the federal government to launch Saad Rizvi, the get together’s head.

Rizvi was arrested final yr amid demonstrations in opposition to France over the publication of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Law enforcement officials stand guard to dam the highway throughout a protest rally by the TLP [Mohsin Raza/Reuters]

Police in Lahore wouldn’t touch upon the declare, however on Friday night time stated two of its officers had died.

“The clashes are nonetheless ongoing,” Rana Arif, a spokesman for Lahore police, instructed the AFP information company. “This can be a defensive operation by police in opposition to the mob … We’re solely doing shelling to regulate the group.”

Pakistan had deployed police and paramilitary personnel to stop the demonstrators from leaving Lahore. Authorities additionally suspended cell phone service in components of Lahore and blocked roads on Friday.

The scenario worsened when police tried to cease the rally-goers, witnesses stated.

The violence disrupted regular life in components of Lahore, the place residents have been dealing with issues in reaching dwelling due to the closure of some roads and continued clashes between police and TLP supporters.

Lahore is positioned about 350km (210 miles) from Islamabad, and a lot of the rally-goers are strolling, though that they had organized buses and vehicles to succeed in the capital in a convoy.

Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, who was in Dubai to observe Pakistan compete in cricket’s T20 World Cup, was ordered by Prime Minister Imran Khan to return and monitor the scenario.