LAHORE: The Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) and Deputy Commissioner (DC) on Wednesday appeared before Lahore High Court over petition against sit-in of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) women wing on Mall Road.

Earlier on Tuesday, LHC had barred PAT from finalizing the preparations for the sit-in as a result of a petition filed in court by advocate Asad Manzoor Butt on behalf of Mall Road Traders Association (MRTA) to stop the protest. The petitioner held the ground that a sit-in on Mall Road would be greatly disadvantageous for business activities.

During the proceeding, the court heard the stance of CCPO and DC and adjourned the hearing for a while. During the proceeding, the judge asked the PAT lawyer about the duration of the sit-in and who would take responsibility in case of a terror attack.

CCPO offered PAT to shift its sit-in to DC Road from Mall Road due to security concerns which was accepted after consultation with PAT Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri.

A point to be taken under consideration is that high court had already banned protests and processions on Mall Road and the provincial government had also imposed section 144.

On the other hand, earlier today Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has completed its preparations to stage a sit-in on Lahore’s Mall Road despite Lahore High Court had ordered not to make any arrangements until the final verdict.

A stage has been set near Istanbul Chowk and special container for party chairman Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has been transferred to Nasir Bagh along with lights, fans and canopies.

The equipment was taken to the sit-in location late night, and heavy contingents of police have also been appointed for security.

PAT had earlier announced the sit-in to demand justice for the Model Town massacre that is the police operation at the Minhaj-ul-Quran office which not only injured several people but also damaged the property and resulted in the loss of over a dozen lives.

According to PAT spokesperson Noorullah Siddiqui the sit-in is not being staged by the party itself, but by the relatives of those who were martyred in Model Town. He also claimed that Pakistan Awami Tehreek would satisfy the court in today’s hearing.