LAHORE – The Mall Road Traders Association (MRTA) has decided to move the court against the administration of the provincial capital for failing to implement the ban on rallies on the Mall imposed by the honourable Lahore High Court.

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According to a press release, the MRTA will file a writ petition for contempt of court against the Lahore DCO, CCPO and Chief Traffic Police Officer for not using authority to stop rallies by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf on Friday and by the members of Punjab Assembly on previous day.

Mall Road Traders Association president Naeem Mir said that traders in the petition will request the LHC chief justice to take suo motto action against the city administration as well as the demonstrators for not respecting the court orders.

He requested the court to direct administration to get the camps removed from Faisal Chowk, set up for the last couple of days, which is also violation of the court decision.

It is to be noted that on Nov 1, last year, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had imposed a permanent ban on rallies on the Mall on the petitions filed by the MRTA.

The LHC chief justice had ordered the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and the Punjab Inspector General (IG) to ensure the implementation of court orders and also warned that action will be taken if authorities failed to implement them.

The court instructed the provincial government to specify locations for rallies in the city so businesses are not affected.

Earlier on Thursday the PTI activists had again violated the ban on rallies on the Mall as they marched on the main road and staged a sit-in in front of Punjab Assembly against loadshedding. Presently, all political parties also chose the Mall as part of the route and a mean to promote the rallies through billboard and banners.