Lahore Mall Road Agitation; Latest Updates

LAHORE (web desk) –  PAT  leader Tahirul Qadri announced that both Imran Khan and Asif Ali Zardari will share the same container tomorrow at their anti-government protest on the Lahore Mall Road.

Speaking to press conference today, he warned Punjab government against taking any action regarding their decisive protest aimed at attaining justice for victims of the Model Town incident.

“There will be one mosque, one container tomorrow. Both Imran Khan and Asif Zardari will share the container,” he stated.

Earlier reports suggested that the there is a little chance  that Imran Khan and Asif Zardari will share the same stage during PAT’s protest despite the claims made by Qadri.

PTI denies the claim

PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry has denied PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s claim of Imran Khan and Asif Ali Zardari sharing the same stage.

He addressed a press conference in Lahore and said that PTI does not want to give any idea to the people that would remotely add to the notion that Imran and Zardari have joined hands.

Chaudhry cleared that PTI chief and Zardari would arrive on stage in different sessions during the protest.

Clarification of PTI has come in after PAT chief claimed earlier in the day today of Imran and Zardari sharing the stage purportedly simultaneously seeking ousting of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over alleged injustice in Model Town tragedy.

‘Protest under the prescribed limits’

He assured that the demonstration will not violate the laws, saying, “Protest will be carried out within the limits of Constitution and law as our movement is aimed at restorating real democracy in the country.”

“They (ministers and officials of Punjab govt involved in Model Town incident) would have to resign.”

Qadri told that his party has devised the future strategy to derail the government of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

LHC larger bench to hear petition against protest

Preparations

Meanwhile, preparations are under way  for opposition’s anti-government protest in Lahore despite the provincial government’s warning against it.

The city’s main thoroughfare Mall Road has been blocked for trafic while placing containers, creating immense problems for the commuters.At least 30 chairs are being set at Chairing cross while an 80-ft long stage will be made for the speakers.

The protest venue will be extended to GPO chowk. As many as 200 sofas will be positioned in front of the main stage for the central leadership.

Traders worry as Mall road gears for another prote

The business community – including traders with offices at the main route – has expressed reservations over tje insufficient government action against those who hold protests on Mall road saying that while everyone should have a right to freedom of expression, political and otherwise, every citizen should also respect others’ right to earn a living and to a safe and secure environment.

The warned that they will be forced to stage a protest of their own demanding the implementation of law.

(with inputs and video clips from Dunya T.V)

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