FAISALABAD: Police and protesters clashed outside the residence of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Canal Road Sunday evening.
More than 1,000 protesters belonging to a religious party had gathered outside and surrounded the house of Rana Sanaullah. The protesters pelted stones at the policemen deployed outside the minister’s guest house, injuring a police officer.
In order to disperse the protesters, the police shelled them with tear gas and cordoned off the area.
Rana Sanaullah was not present at the residence.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz have been pressurising Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to sack the Punjab law minister.
Moreover, unidentified men also attacked the residence of another Punjab Local Government Minister Manshaullah Butt in Sialkot who was not present at his residence when the attack took place. The men vandalised his office, tore banners and broke tube lights and then ran away.
In the aftermath of the operation, several of the ruling party leaders had been a target of the religiously-motivated crowds. Over the past two days, the protesters had targeted the residences of MNA Javed Latif, Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin, Law Minister Zahid Hamid, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and former interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan.
Protesters belonging to a religious group continued to stage sit-ins and block roads in various cities after security forces started operation to disperse the Islamabad sit-in Saturday morning.
In Islamabad, police commenced operation on court orders following the expiry of the midnight deadline set by the district administration on Saturday. Around 8,000 security officials were part of the operation, including 3,000 FC personnel.
At least 250 people, including 90 policemen and FC personnel, were injured in the operation and admitted to different hospitals in the twin cities.