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Punjab books Imran Khan for defying ban on rallies

23 December, 2013

LAHORE: Civil Lines police on Sunday registered a case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership, including party Chairman Imran Khan, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and Shah Mehmood Quershi, for defying a ban on holding protests on The Mall.

On the Punjab government's direction, the Civil Lines SHO, also complainant, said in the FIR that the nominated accused had led a protest rally on The Mall in violation of rules. The ban was imposed by the government on the orders of Lahore High Court chief justice on November 2, 2011 on a petition filed by some traders of The Mall. The PTI took out the rally on Sunday from Nasir Bagh to Charing Cross to protest the price hike across the country, suspending traffic on and around The Mall for hours.

According to PTI leaders, the protest against price hike was not an issue related to the party alone but it was also a cause of concern for the entire nation. In the past, they alleged, police did not take any action on an application filed by Advocate Munir Ahmad against Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and other PML-N leaders for taking out a rally on The Mall along with traders. They said that some religious parties had also arranged rallies on The Mall "several times" but the government did not take action against them.

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