Control room to monitor PTI strike

View of a road near Lahore Secretariat during strike called by PTI. —Online/File

 

LAHORE: The PML-N has decided to set up a control room to monitor the Dec 15 strike call of the PTI in Lahore.

Political, administrative as well as police high command will monitor the provincial metropolis throughout the day and issue directions on the spot if any untoward situation develops during the protest.

“We’re not taking the strike call casually,” a PML-N leader said, adding “for the extraordinary situation we’re also making extraordinary preparations.”

Besides already installed CCTV cameras, administrations of various towns has been directed to increase the number of devices to have a minute-by-minute report of different city areas for the control room.

A senior PTI leader said they would take out rally from each union council of Lahore which would converge on 14 city points for staging sit-ins there.

The PML-N leadership is also trying to win sympathies of traders by assuring them solution to their problems. Traders’ wing of the N League has also been asked to enhance coordination with the business community, whose representatives are being assured in various meetings of adequate security cover.

The Punjab government in a security plan submitted before the Lahore High Court has indicated deploying more than 19,000 policemen on the day.

A meeting of the All-Pakistan Anjuman-i-Tajran here on Thursday announced that it would not accept “dictation” from any political party on matters of opening their businesses. “We’ll take a final decision in the light of the LHC order on Dec 14 after internal consultations,” APAT central general secretary Naeem Mir told

Dawn by phone after the meeting.

Mir, also a leader of the PTI, has moved the LHC to seek security for the traders on Dec 15.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who also addressed the traders’ meeting, said the PTI would not force the businessmen to go on strike rather it would only “request” them to join its strategy for putting up pressure on the government for seeking justice in alleged electoral fraud.

The government is making efforts to convince traders to open their business by 10am against their routine of 12 noon.

Mir said the traders attending meetings with the government were in fact those who had built illegal plazas and this group was not with the PML-N but the rulers of the time.

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