Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

LHC seeks comments on petitions against PAT protest

LHC seeks comments on petitions against PAT protest

Apart from the PAT chief, PPP chief Zardari, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, leaders of the PML-Q, Pak Sarzameen Party, Sunni Ittehad Council, Wahdatul Muslimeen and other parties are also expected to address Wednesday's gathering.

Khursheed Shah addresses the rally.

"We fully activated our organizations across the province to make this protest more affective" he added.

Pakistan's politics have been in turmoil since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned in July 2017 after being hit with corruption charges.

Zardari asked Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to resign and present themselves for accountability. He said Benazir had spoken against dictators but never against the country. "The problems that we have today are Zia-ul-Haq's memorabilia", he told the gathering.

A petition against these protests was filed by AK Dogar, stating that the political parties should not take part in the "grand protest" as it is against the state.

The PAT workers earlier transported a container, hundreds of chairs, large screens to show documentaries of the Model Town incident, and a sound system to the venue.

Earlier in a Press Conference, the Punjab government Spokesperson Malik Ahmed khan said PAT's protest at Mall Road would badly affect schools and business activities in Lahore.

The Lahore Zoo administration, too, announced that the facility would not open the whole day through.

In this regard, the traffic police in the city have released a traffic plan.

Superintendent of Police Security Ammara Athar said the venue would have three-tier security, with more than 6,500 policemen and 1,500 wardens being assigned duties. Sources say at least three companies of Rangers would secure sensitive installations, including the provincial assembly and the Governor's House, both situated on The Mall Road. An upward of 40 walk-through gates would be used and six entry points were finalised, one of these for women participants, she said.

Imran Khan, a former cricket star and leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) party said during a January 13 press briefing "Yes, we would talk ..."

The protest, he said, would be split into two sessions: one before Maghrib prayer and the second after it.

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.

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