BAHAWALNAGAR/MUZAFFARGARH/

PAKPATTAN

The Law Enforcement Agencies have beefed up security in the anticipation of any reaction to the killing of Ghulam Rasool Shah who was killed during a shootout with the personnel of Counter terrorism Department while DPO Muntazir Mehdi claimed the police were in command of the situation in the district.

Ghulam Rasool Shah, assistant to LeJ chief Malik Ishaq was a resident of Bahawalnagar. He along with his chief and 12 other proclaimed offenders were killed in a shootout with the CTD in Shahwali jungle, Muzaffargarh.

His funeral was offered at around 1:30am after mid night on Wednesday. Later, his supporters clashed with police and they even reportedly pelted the police with stones. However, the LEAs controlled the situation timely.

Earlier, the district administration imposed Section 144 in district to ensure law and order and avert any subversive activity in the district. On the other hand, scores of workers of the banned outfit along with seminary students staged a protest against the killing of Malik Ishaq, Ghulam Rasool Shah and others.

They assembled at Bahawali Chowk and started violent protest against the Punjab government. The club wielding workers also bid to set a clash with police but it was foiled by the LEAs personnel. The workers also closed some shops forcibly. However, the LEAs consistent patrol curbed any violent activity. While shopkeepers in the town put their shutters down to avert any untoward incident. Despite tight security measures adopted by the law enforcement agencies, “the citizens are under fear.”

When contacted Bahawalnagar DPO Muntazir Mehdi claimed that the situation was in control and there was no any problem across the district.

The police are alert to cope with any contingency and patrolling has been enhanced to thwart any unpleasant incident, he declared.

In Pakpattan, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested a member of banned outfit during a crackdown here on Thursday. Sources said that on an intelligence report, a team of CTD launched search operation in Chak Houta during which a member of the defunct organization was nabbed.The detainee was shifted to an undisclosed location for investigation.

In Muzaffargarh, on the orders of the Punjab Home Department, the police have detained seven activists of banned religious outfits included in Fourth Schedule for three months under the National Action Plan.

The detained activists were identified as Muhammad Bilal, son of Allah Divaya (Sanawan), Muhammad Sharif, son of Khuda Bakhsh, Nasir Abbas, Muhammad Younas, Muhammad Zahid, Intizar Sheikh and Zahid Ali.