“Whether Sunni or Shia, Deobandi or Barelvi, religious or secular, from any location or ethnicity…from this evening onward, all groups will stage sit-in in protest,” he said, adding that if the law and order situation deteriorates, the government would be responsible.
AG Butt had expressed the government’s concern that the protesters might enter the diplomatic enclave as they had camped closer to the area on Sunday night
LHC also directed the FBR not to issue any further notices to the Minhajul Quran regarding tax payment.
The timing of the announcement of a verdict by a session judge of Lahore over the Model Town incident has raised some concerns among the ruling party.
Imran Khan says Nawaz Sharif should resign immediately else his party workers’ patience would run out and they might even march towards Parliament House and Prime Minister’s House in the highly-secured Red Zone of the federal capital.
The government has allowed Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold its sit-in at Aabpara while Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has been allowed to hold its protest sit-in at Khyaban-e-Suharwardy, some kilometres away from the PTI’s protest venue.
The looming confrontation has renewed the political role of the military, casting some doubt on the strength of democratic institutions in a nuclear-armed nation that has seen several coups and has been ruled by the army for half its history.
Nisar said that the government had received formal applications for holding the long marches from both the PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and they would be granted permission in a few hours’ time.
The PML-N senior leaders told the army chief that while it would allow PTI to enter the capital, it has resolved not to allow the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) led by preacher-politician Dr Tahirul Qadri to take out his ‘Inqilab March’ to Islamabad in wake of provocative speeches made by the firebrand cleric.
Lending credence to the source’s claim, the Punjab government late on Monday night started placing containers near the house of the PTI chief, who arrived in Lahore on Monday evening to lead the Azadi March to Islamabad on Independence Day.
“You are requested to direct your party to interact with the ICT administration so that the very serious and fragile security situation (particularly with reference to ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation) should be thoroughly thrashed out.”
“We have been given a mandate by the people of Pakistan to end lawlessness, protect fundamental rights, end energy crisis and take the country forward in all areas, and we will not disappoint them.”
“Do you want a revolution?” the PAT chief asked his supporters thrice, telling them that he is prepared to get killed along with them.
Law Minister Mashhood says Qadri is responsible for killing police officials and his own workers
The FIR [First Information Report] against Qadri was registered by the Naseerabad Police in Lahore on the complaint of the deceased constable’s father, who alleged that his son was returning home after dispensing his official duty at Faisal Town when followers of Dr Qadri attacked him with batons, resulting in fatal head injuries and subsequent death at the hospital.
Unruly followers of Qadri set eight police vehicles on fire at Bhera in Sargodha while a police station was set on fire in Quaidabad in Khushab as 130 police officers were injured and 25 others made hostages in different parts of the province.
PAT workers had set alight the Quaidabad police station in Khushab district Friday night. Official records and furniture were burnt to ashes, while PAT workers had allegedly freed 11 accused from the lockup. They had overpowered eight police officials, beat them up and kept them hostage for over two hours.