LHC orders removal of containers from Punjab

The government has placed containers in Lahore and Islamabad to thwart PTI and PAT march.

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered to immediately remove containers throughout Punjab including Lahore.

A full bench of LHC headed by Justice Mahmood Bhatti heard the case pertaining to the blocking of roads by placing containers throughout the province. The court said no one will be allowed to violate basic rights of locals in the name of security. The bench was dismayed at Punjab IG after he expressed his ignorance over the total number of containers in the province.

The PML-N-led government has blocked main roads in Lahore and Islamabad by placing containers to prevent the march of PTI and PAT scheduled on August 14. Earlier on Tuesday, the Lahore High Court Tuesday ordered police not to arrest or harass Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers.

The LHC heard a petition, filed by advocate Ahmed Awais, regarding the arrest of the PTI workers. The petitioner informed the court that the government was creating hurdles in Azadi March by detaining their party workers, closing petrol pumps and forcing the people to stay indoors.

The court also directed the Punjab government to lift containers, remove hurdles from roads and ensure smooth supply of fuel. Inspector General Police (IGP) Punjab informed the court that police were not harassing or detaining PTI workers. The PTI’s lawyer said that the police chief was unaware of the fact that what was going on under his belt as his subordinates were detaining PTI workers illegally. Meanwhile, harsh words were also exchanged between the police chief and Ahmed Awais.


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