Jati Umra to be sealed to stop Gujranwala rally
Police in Lahore became active to stop the public meeting planned for October 16 in Gujranwala as it has been decided that Jati Umra – the residence of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif – would be sealed, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
Sources say no one would be allowed to leave Lahore in a rally as PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz is scheduled to travel to Gujranwala accompanied by thousands of supporters who would be joined by many more along the route.
In this connection, the PML-N will establish camps at various spots on GT Road to welcome the party leader.
Moreover, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman – the JUI-F chief – has also planned to leave Lahore along with party supporters while the PPP says the party chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, will reach Gujranwala with a rally starting from Lalamusa – the hometown of Qamar Zaman Kaira.
In an attempt to seal Lahore, the police have already started confiscating containers with the bus stations told not to provide any vehicles for the rally.
The district administration in Gujranwala have been cracking down on the opposition leaders and workers. In a latest example, a case was registered against the organisers for violating the coronavirus SOPs as PPP Central Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira and a large number of party workers attended a workers’ convention.
Several opposition local leaders, workers and supporters have been arrested in Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin and other districts with the administration set to seal Gujranwala and surrounding areas on Friday.
In a bid to sabotage the rally planned by the recently-formed opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), police in Gujranwala have started using traditional tactics and onfiscating containers to block the city.
That’s why containers are already being placed at the entry and exit points of the PML-N stronghold.
On the other hand, the district administration is removing the banners from around the city, including dozens of panaflex containing the image of PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz.
As the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) officials were removing the rally banners, PML-N MPA Taufiq Butt and other local party leaders reached the spot stopping them from doing so.
They are afraid of Maryam Nawaz’s picture, Butt said and added that the whole city would welcome the PML-N leader. The entire Gujranwala would be a rally venue on October 16, he remarked as the charged party workers chanted slogans against the government.
On the other hand, the drivers of the vehicles carrying containers said they were facing an insulting situation on the roads since Monday night, as the police snatched the keys of their trucks and trailers.
According to these drivers, many containers are loaded with food items which may spoil soon.
The police have confiscated most of the containers from Khiyali Bypass, Alam Chowk, Nawab Chowk and Qila Chanda Singh.
Earlier, a CCTV footage emerged in which policemen were seen at the dera of local PML-N leader Zubair Cheema as they raided his place to arrest him after he protested against the removal of banners and posters.
On the other hand, PML-N MNA Abid Raza along with central leader Attaullah Tarar in a video message asked the party workers not to cancel a corner meeting and reached the venue despite the police raids.
He warned that they would siege the RPO and CPO offices if the police did not stop arresting the party workers.
Meanwhile, the police also sealed the venue where the PPP had planned a corner meeting after which the party workers gathered outside the local police station to protest the move.