Punjab govt mulls putting Qadri’s name on ECL, funds issued to stop march

LAHORE: The Punjab government is considering to put Dr Tahirul Qadri’s name on exit control list (ECL). The final decision will be taken tonight.

The provincial government has also issued Rs 70 million to police to stop PTI’s long march and PAT’s revolution day.

The police have also geared up to tackle Imran Khan’s Azadi march and Qadri’s revolution day. Investigation against PAT chief over money laundering is underway while several other cases are in pipeline.

The government is mulling to put Dr Qadri’s name on ECL after he provoked public following the registeration of FIR against him. According to sources, Tahirul Qadri is likely to flee the country in coming days.

On the other hand, the Punjab government has issued a fund of Rs 70 million to police to thwart the upcoming protest rallies of PTI and PAT.

According to sources, The Punjab IG has also directed the DPOs to stop PTI and PAT workers from coming to Lahore.

Meanwhile, heavy contingents of police are being deployed in Model Town while all roads leading to Minhajul Quran secretariat are sealed.

Police have also launched a crackdown against Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers and detained more than 150 PAT workers from Faislabad, Sahiwal, Vehari, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot and Sheikhupura. According to police, a case under MPO 16 has been registered against the arrested people. According to sources, PAT workers are moving to safer places to avoid arrest.

Meanwhile, commuters are facing problems after police sealed all the roads connecting to Faisal Town and Garden Town through Akbar Chowk, Barkat Market and Jinnah hospital.A large number of PAT workers including women are also present outside the residence of Dr Qadri. Most of the workers are wearing helmets and holding sticks and shields for the possible confrontation with police. Addressing the media, Pakistan Awami Tehreek President Dr Raheeq Abbasi said that dozens of PAT workers were arrested while demanded the government to immediately release them. Agencies

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