The Mall becomes a battlefield: IJT activists clash with police
[Dawn] Islami Jamaat Tulaba
...the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami...
(IJT) activists clashed with police on The Mall on Friday that witnessed gun sex, tear-gas shelling, baton charge and pelting of stones leaving several coppers and students injured.

Police tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
54 protesters, including the Lahore IJT nazim
...small time big shot, the chief elected official of a local government in Pakistan, such as a district, tehsil, union council, or village council...
, on The Mall in Punjab University hostels in late night raids.

Also, the torching of two public transport buses on Morr Samanabad and in the Green Town area is also being linked to the tensions between the government and the IJT. Police registered cases against unidentified IJT activists for burning the buses. The IJT rejected the allegation.

The IJT had announced a protest rally to register their resentment against police failure to arrest the killers of IJT leader Awais Aqeel, who was slain at the university hostel No 16 on last Sunday.

In order to check the rally from Nasser Bagh to Lahore High Court, a heavy contingent of police was deputed in front of Punjab University Old Campus, Lahore High Court, Islamia College of Civil Lines, PU New Campus and Government Science College, Wahdat Road, to contain the protesters in IJT-stronghold institutions. Police had closed The Mall from Nasser Bagh to the LHC in the morning.

Still, IJT activists managed to arrive at Nasser Bagh. They confronted police at Istanbul Chowk and rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud against the Punjab government, police and the PU administration.

As the activists tried to break hurdles on The Mall, police resorted to gun sex, teargas shelling and baton charge to disperse them. In festivities, three coppers, several constables and IJT activists were maimed. Within minutes, police tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
54 students while many activists bravely ran away. An IJT front man said that over 50 Jamaat activists were tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!

An injured IJT activist told Dawn near Civil Secretariat, "We could not keep fighting with the police, because they had come fully equipped."

Another activist said many protesters were severally injured and bundled into police vans.

Speaking to news hounds, IJT Nazim-e-Aala Zubair Safdar said any delay in arresting the killer of Aqeel would not be tolerated and the government would be responsible for any untoward incident. He said it was a matter of grave concern that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had not taken any notice of the student's murder. He also alleged that the PU Academic Staff Association was being used to launch baseless propaganda against the Jamaat. He said the association's call for boycotting classes showed that teachers were involved in disrupting academic peace on university campuses.
Posted by: Fred 2012-05-20