LAHORE: Angry workers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) burned down banners and posters of Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on The Mall under the guise of Independence Day celebrations at midnight between Thursday and Friday.
Around four dozens of charged PML-N workers – divided into two teams to provide cover to each other – turned up on The Mall at midnight after PTI’s Azadi March snaked its way through city roads to Islamabad.
They were seen completely annoyed and overwhelmed by the demand of PTI Chairman Imran Khan that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should steps down on the allegations of rigging in the May 2013 general elections.
Riding on motorbikes and a minivan, they entered The Mall from Anarkali Square and went on the rampage towards Upper Mall. As they ran amok, they removed, tore up and burned down banners and posters of PTI leaders in Nila Gunbad, GPO, Regal, Charing Cross, Alhamra, Governor’s House and Canal Bridge crossings on both sides of The Mall.
They were chanting slogans in favour of PML-N leaders and against Imran Khan. Members of both of the teams were carrying huge poster of a ruling party’s MPA from Lahore. They were also brandishing sticks and shoes and before burning down, they would hit PTI posters with sticks and shoes to give full vent to their spleen.
At that time, a good number of Lahorites had also hit the city roads to celebrate the Independence Day and The Mall was seen fully jam-packed even after the departure of Azadi March. The citizens were seen in an entertainment mood for the first time after almost a week that was full of nothing but tension. Most of them remained inside their vehicles and they did not react to torching of PTI posters as they took it as a part of some jolly boys’ entertaining activity.
The PTI had put on display around 10,000 posters and banners on The Mall before starting their Azadi March and none of these banners and posters can be seen on The Mall now. Some of the ruling party’s banners and posters are still hanging on The Mall.
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