Lahore- Police in Lahore today engaged in a scuffle with blind protesters, thwarting their attempt to enter an ongoing Punjab Assembly session to record a protest.

The protesters had been staging a sit-in since yesterday on the stairs of the Punjab Assembly , to remind the provincial government of its promise to ensure their quota in government jobs and regularization of their service. According to an earlier report, the protesters had refused to end their sit-in citing the government's response to their demands as "cold."

Earlier this morning, Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada had assured the protesters that he will convey their concerns to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. However, even after several hours had gone by, no progress in this regard could be seen. Devoid of patience, the protesters attempted to enter the ongoing session at the Punjab Assembly but they encountered baton-charging police officials who broke into a scuffle with the protesters. The blind protesters struck the policemen with their white canes when they resisted their entry.

Later, the demonstrators disengaged themselves from the scuffle and resumed their sit-in on the stairs of the assembly. A similar instance of violence between Lahore police and blind protesters took place in December last year. Blind protesters were badly beaten by baton-wielding police as they staged a rally to advocate for their rights in view of World Disability Day.