Sunnis` group adamant Punjab govt bans long march
Lahore: He said the marchers would not be allowed to enter the provincial metropolis and hold any meeting outside Data Darbar.
He said the activity was also unjustified as the provincial government had already accepted all demands except banning Raiwind congregation of a certain sect (and the one regarding resignation of the Punjab law minister) of the council.
The PML-N ruling Punjab had rejected similar terror reports in March 2009 and organised a long march to restore the judges deposed by former president Pervez Musharraf.
Council chairman Fazle Karim, an MNA, Haji Hanif Tayyab, Mazhar Saeed Kazmi, Pir Afzal Qadri and others have rejected the ban and announced that their protest would go on as scheduled. They pledged to make the activity a success, overcoming all `illegal` restrictions.
They warned of sit-ins wherever the caravans coming to join the long march would be stopped.
Meanwhile, MNA Karim has resigned as chief of the Muttahida Ulema Board, Punjab, to protest delay in arrest of those behind the blasts at the shrines of Hazrat Ali Hajveri (in Lahore) and Baba Fareed (in Pakpattan) and `negative` tactics of the provincial government against the march.