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Watch: TLP worker attacks statue in Lahore while chanting Labbaik

According to video evidence, a man, allegedly from TLP, completely destroyed Ranjit Singh's statue at Lahore Fort. During the process, he kept on chanting “Labaik ya Rasool Allah.” Twitteratis are of the view that the man was inspired by the Taliban.

A video is circulating on social media where a man is pulling down Ranjit Singh’s statue at the Lahore Fort. According to reports, the man is allegedly a worker from Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan is a far-right Islamist political party in Pakistan. Back in April, the government declared TLP a terror organization and banned it. The decision came due to the violent protests TLP conducted in Islamabad.

In the video, the TLP worker can be seen wreaking havoc over the statue. At first, the TLP worker broke off the statue’s arm. Then after a couple of attempts, he pushed off the entire figure of Ranjit Singh which fell to the ground with a crash.

During the entire process, the man kept on chanting “Labbaik ya Rasool Allah.”

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Fortunately, several people rushed to the scene to restrain the man, preventing him from attacking Ranjit Singh’s statue any further.

The video is making the rounds on Twitter with many condemning the vandalism. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry also shared the video by calling the act shameful.

Shameful, this bunch of illiterates is really dangerous for Pakistan’s image in the world,” the Minister tweeted. 

Furthermore, Twitteratis claimed that the Taliban’s recent “victory” in Afghanistan inspired the TLP worker. 20 years ago, when the Taliban first took over, they blew up the world’s tallest Buddhas in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan valley. As a result, the TLP worker took a leaf out of the Taliban’s book and conducted his own “jihaad” against Ranjit Singh’s statue.

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Previous incidents of vandalism

This is not the first time that Ranjit Singh’s statue has been vandalized in Pakistan. Last year, after the statue’s inauguration, two men struck it with wooden rods. The attack resulted in the breakage of one of its arms and damage to other parts.

The attackers chanted slogans against the former ruler of Punjab and protested against the revocation of the special status from Jammu and Kashmir.

Soon after the first attack, another young man was arrested for vandalizing the statue. He too broke an arm of the statue. The suspect, Zeeshan, told the police that Ranjit Singh’s statue should not have been built as he had committed atrocities against Muslims during his rule.

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Police arrests TLP worker

As per recent reports, Punjab Police arrested the man responsible for the recent attack on Ranjit Singh’s statue. The police revealed the news through their official Twitter account.

“The accused in the incident has been arrested and strict action is being taken against him,” Punjab Police wrote.