PTI, PML-N face-off: Petition filed against political rallies in Lahore

Parties accused of littering Lahore’s Mall road with political banners, hindering business for shops.

Rana Tanveer October 25, 2011

LAHORE: Rana Muhammad Azeem, president of the Punjab union of journalists, has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, asking the court to ban political rallies in Lahore.

Azeem has filed against Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League-N’s president Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf president, Imran Khan and Pakistan People’s Party senator Babar Awan.

Azeem accused the political parties of littering Lahore’s main business avenue Mall road with political banners, hindering business for shops along the road.

The petition accuses the chief minister, who is also the chairman of the Punjab parks and horticulture authority, of not collecting any dues owed to PHA for these banners.

Azeem has suggested taking down the banners, charging the involved parties double the fees and using the generated funds towards the Punjab dengue campaign instead.

In a growing political rivalry the PML-N and PTI have increased their activities in Lahore.

The PML-N is scheduled to take out a rally on October 28, led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

PML-N, in a meeting held on October 20, decided that “Shahbaz Sharif was capable of countering Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan’s propaganda against the Sharif brothers”.

The PTI is also scheduled to hold a rally in Lahore in the coming days.


Mohsin | 10 years ago | Reply

Buck up PTI! -- Nice to see that they are challenging PMLN in its strong hold and PMLN is surely nervous. This rally is a sign of nervousness (as often done by MQM) ....Surely things have changed in last couple of years.

Imtiaz Rasheed | 10 years ago | Reply

Imran was in the forefront of the campaign in support of ‘qaum ki beti’ (the nation’s daughter) but not a single tear was shed by him in public when the nation’s son Saleem Shahzad was brutally murdered in the line of duty. He opened his guns against the civilian government after Osama bin laden was eliminated by the US commandos in Abbottabad; however, no salvos were fired against the security establishment for the safe housekeeping of OBL in the first place and then not being able to protect the valued asset. Similarly, he never questioned the role of behind-the-scenes operators in the wake of the Raymond Davis affair nor could he mutter a single word over the militants’ attack on the Mehran Base while he was busy in his dharna (sit-in) over drone attacks against those militants.

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