LAHORE - An LHC full bench on Thursday asked the representatives of traders to come up with their suggestions on how the security could be made foolproof ahead of PTI call to shut down Lahore on December 15.

Naeem Mir, a traders’ representative, had filed a petition saying that sense of fear was prevailing in the city. He said that a trader was killed in Faisalabad district and the same could take place in Lahore, as police had failed to maintain law and order lately. The petitioner had requested the court to direct the government to provide foolproof security and ensure peace in the city ahead of PTI shut down call in provincial capital.

The bench comprising Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan, Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq was hearing the case.

As the hearing started, CCPO Amin Wains appeared before the bench and said that a complete security plan had been made and police would come up with a new strategy to maintain law and order in the city during the protest.

“I am hopeful that Faisalabad like situation will not be witnessed in Lahore,” the CCPO assured, while answering a question raised by one of the bench members.

While, petitioner Naeem Mir argued that the police and city administration did not consult traders on security plan, fearing that the incidents alike Faisalabad’s may take place in Lahore.

The court directed the CCPO to keep all the traders in loop and take their suggestions for making comprehensive security plan. However, Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan observed that people had been facing anarchy like situation due to inefficiency of the federal government and shrewdness of one political party.

The bench also observed that the roads were being closed but people removed them with cranes.

Justice Dar, bench member, remarked that the people in Lahore were in great sense of fear after violent protests in Faisalabad. “People have been advising each others to stay at home,” he added.

After hearing both the sides, the bench asked the traders’ representatives to appear on the next hearing today (Friday) with their suggestions that how the security could be made foolproof in the city.