LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday restrained Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) from making arrangements for a sit-in at The Mall here.
The court also sought a reply from the PAT till August 16.
Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh passed these orders while hearing a petition, filed by Naeem Mir, Secretary General, The Mall Traders Association against PAT’s step of staging a sit-in at The Mall.
During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel Asad Manzoor Butt, arguing before the court, submitted that the court had imposed a ban on staging rallies at The Mall, but despite that, rallies were being staged.
He pointed out that in another case regarding implementation of the ban on rallies at The Mall, a provincial law officer assured the court that all steps would be taken to ensure the ban at The Mall. However, after a few days, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri staged a rally on The Mall on August 8, which kept the road closed for many hours.
He said that the PAT leadership had announced staging a sit-in at The Mall on August 16, with a demand to make public the Model Town Inquiry Commission report.
He contended that the step would not only affect the business activities but would also cause problems for people. He pleaded with the court to issue directions for implementation of the ban on rallies at The Mall.
To a court query, the Punjab advocate general submitted that Section 144 had been imposed at The Mall and action would be taken if any violation was committed.
To another court query, Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry, a leader of the PAT, apprised the court that he did not receive any instruction from the party regarding the petition.
At this, the court stopped PAT from making arrangements for a sit-in at The Mall and adjourned the matter till August 16.
The court directed Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry to appear before it after taking instructions from the party.—APP