On Saturday, television host Syed Iqrarul Hassan was assaulted by “unknown individuals” in Lahore’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA), police said, who also resorted to aerial fire.
Hassan posted pictures of himself with a blood stain on his face on Twitter, and said the attackers fled while shooting.
“Attack by ‘namaloom afraad’ in front of a police station at Lahore’s K block, DHA. They fled while firing,” he said.
According to a statement from his office, Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh took note of the attack and issued orders for the immediate arrest of the assailants.
The Sheikh was quoted as saying, “Legal action should be taken against those involved in the incident,”
Lahore Cantt Police Superintendent (SP) Saad Aziz took decisive action on the orders of the town police chief, during which several persons were arrested.
SP Aziz said the incident occurred near Wateen Chowk and that “four people have been arrested by the Defence police.” He added that the remaining offenders were already charged with arresting a police team, adding that he expects further arrests soon.
The SP said later in the day that three more suspects had been taken into custody. The police official said the assailants were on their way to a wedding ceremony and assaulted Hassan for “making a video” with his crew.
Police said they have taken over possession of the CCTV video of the attack and are going to file charges under anti-terrorism legislation against the suspects.
On Twitter, the Punjab Chief Minister’s digital media focal guy, Azhar Mashwani, also announced that seven people had been arrested in connection with the incident. “Police is investigating the matter and further action will be taken accordingly,” he wrote.
After a bit, Hassan posted on Twitter once more, assuring his fans that he was safe.
He said police had already alerted their control rooms to the attackers’ aerial fire. The police took the records of the assault into their custody. Judicial action will be launched under shooting and anti-terrorism rules against the perpetrators.