BAHAWALPUR/SANGLA HILL

The supporters and workers of the PML-N government and of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik criticised each other’s leadership in separate protest demonstrations here.

The PTI and Insaf Students Federation took out a protest rally from Seraiki Chowk to Bahawalpur Press Club, and staged a demonstration at Fareed Gate Bahawalpur.

The participants were carrying placards inscribed with slogans against the government. Hundreds of protesters staged the demonstration against the government. Addressing the demonstrators, ISF Punjab’s Vice President Hafiz Asad said that the only solution to the current crisis was the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Till his resignation, protest would remain continue, he added.

He said that PML-N should know that Bahawalpur is not a hub of one party and now it had become the hub of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and till the PML-N government, protests and demonstrations will be conducted throughout the country including Bahawalpur, he added.

Southern Punjab Women Wing’s General Secretary Shehla Ehsan and Furqan Afzal said that the PTI leaders and workers could siege the house of PML-N leader Baleeghur Rehman in Bahawalpur but they believed in peaceful protests.

In Sangla Hill, the Lawyers Alliance officer-bearers urged the PTI and the PAT to adopt constitutional ways to get their demands fulfilled in a peaceful manner and that they should not drag the country towards economic disorder.

Talking to mediamen here, President Chaudhry Arslan Idrees Chattha said that the protest marches and sit-ins of both of the parties have damaged the country’s economy badly. He urged them to adopt democratic and legal ways for acceptance of their demands in the national interest. He said that the bars had already shown their concern over the mode of protest by both the parties and urged the PAT and the PTI leaders to make such decisions that could not derail the democratic system.

He said that the legal fraternity would resist any attempt made to pave the way for imposition of martial law in the country. He said that Imran Khan’s decision to enter the Red Zone along with his party workers and to occupy the parliament was unconstitutional and undemocratic.