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.
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