A large number of journalists on Friday held a sit-in at Charing Cross to protest illegal occupation of their plots in the Journalist Housing Colony.
They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with their demands and raised slogans for their demands. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists president Pervez Shaukat has requested the Lahore High Court chief justice to order the subordinate courts to stop issuing stay orders against journalists taking possession of a plot in the Journalist Housing Colony.
Shaukat has also asked PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the situation and to take action so that the matter can be resolved as soon as possible.
Unless the matter was resolved, the president said, the journalists would be forced to stage another sit-in at Charing Cross two weeks later.
Lahore Press Club president Sarmad Bashir, secretary Azam Chaudhry, APNEC president Nasir Naqvi and PUJ president Rana Azeem also spoke on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2011.