LHC, local admin deny permission for PAT sit-in

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LHC, local admin deny permission for PAT sit-in

The Lahore High Court and the city administration on Tuesday denied permission to hold a sit-in on Mall Road by Tahir-ul Qadri-led Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

The PAT had announced a sit-in at Mall Road on Wednesday despite the city administration not granting the permission.

The petitioner Naeem Mir, who is also leader of the traders union, submitted the application to the high court against the rally.

The applicant stated that the LHC has already banned rallies at the Mall Road.

The sit-ins and rallies are hurting businesses and adversely impacting the basic rights of the public, said the applicant.

Earlier, the local administration denied permission for the rally, stating that Section 144 has been imposed on the Mall Road.

Following which PAT maintained that whether it gets the permission or not, the rally will be held as per schedule.

The court has also sought an answer from Punjab government and PAT in this regard.

PAT leader Noorullah Siddiqui said that the LHC would hear the case again tomorrow and the party’s lawyers would appear before the court.

He said that the sit-in is being held by those affected by the Model Town incident and being held by the party or its chief.

He added that the decision of the court hasn’t come out as yet and it will be a peaceful protest, not a rally or sit-in.

Siddiqui further said that the protest will not be on the Mall Road but in the vicinity, adding that no violation of the law will take place.

The basic purpose of the gathering is to demand justice for the Model Town incident, he added

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