The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Lahore has turned down Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) request to stage a sit-in on Istanbul Chowk on The Mall on August 16, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.
Due to the imposition of Section-144 in the area — that forbids more than four people to gather in one place — and August 16 being a working day, a sit-in on a main road of the city will cause difficulties to the public, said the spokesperson for Lahore DC.
The local administration has asked PAT to stage their sit-in at Nasir Bagh instead. However, PAT has not yet replied to the local administration’s request.
The Lahore High Court (LHC), while hearing a petition filed by a trader’s association leader, has also stopped PAT from making any arrangements for the dharna until Wednesday.