On 27 October 2021, police officers clashed with supporters of the banned Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) movement on the outskirts of Gujranwala district near the city of Muridke, located approximately 30 km (20 mi) north of Lahore. Authorities stated that at least four police officers died in the unrest and approximately 250 individuals suffered injuries, including 70 police officers. TLP leaders claimed that several protesters had also been killed and wounded, without providing details.
In related developments, the TLP denied earlier reports that it had reached an agreement with the government to end the protest march and continued to call for the expulsion of the French ambassador. TLP leaders stated that they will proceed with their march to the capital Islamabad until their demands are met. Meanwhile, government officials stated that the group will not be allowed to enter Islamabad or neighboring Rawalpindi. Officials have also authorized the deployment of the Rangers paramilitary troops in Punjab province for 60 days in order to support security personnel.