PML-N faces more cases, smart lockdown in Lahore
As December 13 PDM rally nearing with each passing moment, the number of cases filed against the PML-N leaders and workers in Lahore reached 23 after two more FIRs were registered with different police stations, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
One of the two new cases was registered by Cantt South Police Station against 200 PML-N leaders and workers on a complaint filed by a price magistrate under the charges of violating the coronavirus SOPs [Punjab Infectious Diseases (Prevention and Control) Ordinance], The Punjab Sound Systems (Regulations) Act and impeding traffic flow.
Meanwhile, the other FIR was registered by officials at Faisal Town Police Station under similar charges.
In this connection, PML-N Vice-president Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday said they were not afraid of cases as so many FIRs had been registered against them, adding that the entire world witnessed how Lahore came out and welcomed her during the rally held a day earlier.
The remarks came as multiple cases were registered against the PML-N leaders and workers in several police stations in the provincial capital after Monday’s rally.
Earlier, a case was registered in Shahdara on the complaint of a patwari in which a total of four-five MNAs and four MPAs were nominated.
Malik Riaz, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Talal Chaudhry and Waseem Khokhar are among those accused of violating the coronavirus SOPs and The Punjab Sound Systems (Regulations) Act as well as delivering speeches to incite people.
Meanwhile, the officials at Misri Shah Police Station four more FIRs against Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman and over 500 other party leaders and workers under similar charges.
The move came after over 150 local PML-N leaders and workers were earlier booked for holding the rally by the Misri Shah Police Station officials.
As far as the restrictions related to the coronavirus are concerned, 24NewsHD had reported on Tuesday that Lahore DC Mudassar Riaz Malik sent a proposal Health Secretary Capt (retd) Muhammad Usman that smart lockdown should be imposed in all the streets and neighbourhoods where the infections were being recorded.
Under this proposal, a smart lockdown has been imposed in 54 more localities of the provincial capital. Five of these fall in Data Ganj Bakhsh Zone, four in Aziz Bhatti Zone and two in Shalimar Zone. Meanwhile, 27 others are in Samanabad Zone and 16 in Allama Iqbal Zone.