PTI holds sit-in in Lahore to enhance pressure on govt

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers on Tuesday started a sit-in in Lalik Chowk in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on the advice of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf  Chairman Imran Khan apparently in a move to increase pressure on the government in the provincial capital. Around 300 activists of Insaaf Student Federation (ISF), women and children started the sit-in at Lalak Chowk in the afternoon showing solidarity with the PTI’s Azadi March in Islamabad on the issue of rigging in the 2013 general elections. The sit-in was represented by Insaf Youth Wing leaders who made arrangements to watch live coverage of PTI’s proposed march towards the Parliament House in Islamabad. The sit-in was made colorful to encourage more participants while stalls of face painting and writing slogans on placards were established while PTI songs were played on loudspeakers to boost enthusiasm of participants. PTI workers, who also danced to the tunes of their party songs, chanted slogans against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. They were also holding banners, pamphlets and placards inscribed with slogans like ‘Go Nawaz Go’, ‘We want justice’, ‘Kaun Bachaiy Ga Pakistan – Sirf Imran Khan’. The ISF also decorated the entire area of sit-in with different colourful banners, national flags and party flags. Talking to Daily Times, a female PTI worker said: “We want freedom from this fake government; fake promises; fake elections and fake public service from the PML-N.”  She said that they would hold their sit-in to watch PTI’s Azadi March live on TV and to show solidarity with the party movement.  Meanwhile, the police briefly stopped a caravan of PTI, which was going to Islamabad to participate in the Azadi March. Police sources said that the Gulberg DSP and SHO stopped the vehicles near Faiz Interchange but that they later allowed the PTI activists to move towards the federal capital. Separately, dozens of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers and some Sunni Ittehad Council workers also began their sit-in in front of the Lahore Press Club on the advice of Dr Tahirul Qadri to express solidarity with their Inqilab March in Islamabad.

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