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Section 144 fails to bar PTI from protesting

* PTI leaders give a 48-hour ultimatum to Nawaz to accept their demands


LAHORE: Thousands of PTI workers on Saturday staged a sit-in against the PML-N-led government on The Mall and later moved to Liberty Square where they protested for sometime and disperse peacefully.
PTI supporters, including women and children, from across the city participated in the protest demonstration. 
They shouted anti-government and anti-Sharifs slogans. They were carrying placards, banners, posters, party and national flags. A large number of members from the Insaf Youth Wing and Insaf Students Federation also took part in sit-in. 
The PML-N led Punjab government has imposed Section 144 on The Mall and no political party is allowed to hold rallies, protest and procession. Protesters need to seek permission from the City District Government Lahore and the court in this regard. Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed, Lahore PTI President Abdul Aleem Khan, Yasmin Rashid, MPA Mian Aslam Iqbal and other provincial leadership addressed the protesters.
On the direction of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Mahmoodur Rasheed said, the PTI staged sit-ins in Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad and Lahore after following the deadlock with the government. 
He gave a 48-hour ultimatum to Nawaz Sharif to accept their demands or else the PTI would hold the movement of civil disobedience across the country. He said that they would hold protest demonstrations at Liberty Chowk, Lalak Jaan Chowk and Model Town. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should tender their resignations and this would be good for them. 
PT lawmaker Aslam Iqbal said that nominated culprits in Model Town incident were freely moving and were trying to get the shelter of parliament. He said there was no development in police investigation for the last two days. He flayed Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, saying, “When asked about health and education development in PA, Shahbaz answered, ‘How many bridges you want’?” He said that the Nawaz worshipped power and was ruling the country for the sixth time. 
He said further that Muslims got their independence from the British rulers in 1947, but they left these people (PML-N) in the country to rule the poor masses.
Meanwhile, Lahore DCO Captain (r) Usman and SP (security) urged the PTI leadership to vacate The Mall. Heavy contingents of police were also deployed there to avoid any untoward incident. 
Traffic police were also performing their duties to maintain the traffic flow. The police had also closed the Punjab Assembly premises with tents.

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