Islamabad District Administration has banned political rallies in the Islamabad for the next two months. It is in response to the huge Mall Road protest set up in Lahore by the combined opposition parties of Pakistan.
The details clearly state that no political party can conduct any protest or gather any crowd in the Capital. This is applicable for the next 60 days. The complete ban on speeches of political figures, loudspeakers, cassette player systems, sound systems, etc will remain until March 17th, 2018.
The ban is placed under Section 144. If any party or individual tries to violate this decision taken by the Islamabad district administration, he will be violating Section 144. The reason for the ban as told, is that these political rallies and protest can negatively affect the lives of the people of Islamabad.
On the other hand, in Lahore, three parties have joined hands to protest against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government. The protest is staged on Mall Road by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) over the 2014 Model Town massacre
Dr. Tahir ul Qadri the chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) announced the protests throughout Pakistan starting from January 17th, 2018. Qadri said, “The deadline has ended but the demands have not been met. Now we won’t ask for the resignations; we will take them forcefully. They will have to resign. It is no longer just about resignations but the end of PML-N governments wherever they are.”
The protest has caused traffic jam and blockage in many areas of Lahore, making life difficult for commuters. Routes connecting to Mall Road and other main links of the city including Kacheri Road and Hall Road are blocked. On the Faisal Chowk, containers are placed along with an 80-foot-long stage. This stage will be used by different party leaders to speak to the public. The venue of the protest will be extended to the GPO Chowk. Thus, we can expect worsened traffic situation in Lahore.