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Preparations under way in Lahore for PAT sit-in despite LHC order

LAHORE: Preparations continued for Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-in at Mall Road’s Istanbul Chowk on Wednesday, despite the Lahore High Court’s orders denying permission for Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri-led sit-in.

The Lahore High Court and the city administration earlier this week barred PAT from making arrangements for a sit-in announced by party chief Tahir-ul Qadri. However, PAT maintained that whether it received permission or not, the rally would be held as per schedule.

PAT leader Noorullah Siddiqui said on Tuesday the court would hear the case again and the party’s lawyers would appear before the court.

He said the sit-in would be held by those affected by the Model Town incident and that it would be a peaceful protest, not a rally.

Earlier today, Qadri’s container along with other equipment was transferred to Istanbul Chowk ahead of the scheduled sit-in.

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid reached Lahore for the occasion, while PML-Q also lent its support to PAT for the sit-in.

In 2016, Qadri led a sit-in in Rawalpindi, demanding justice for families of Model Town victims. Qadri’s other sit-in and long march against the government was in 2013, where he accused the government of being corrupt and incompetent.