Suggestions sought to ban rallies on The Mall


In connection with framing a code of conduct to ban protests and rallies on Mall Road, the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on Thursday set August 6 as the final date for traders, political and religious parties to submit their recommendations.
This was decided in a meeting held with Lahore Commissioner Jawad Malik in the chair. The meeting observed that in light of genuine suggestions, a high-powered committee consisting of CDGL officials and representatives of organisations would be constituted. The committee would be authorised to get the proposed code of conduct implemented in letter and spirit. The Lahore commissioner clarified that the government had no personal interest in banning protests and rallies at Mall Road. The meeting observed that freedom of speech was a fundamental right and the CDGL would provide alternative sites for those seeking to hold protests and rallies.
Jawad directed Lahore Additional Commissioner Usman Anwar to get the suggestions submitted as soon as possible. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Bilal Yasin said that Mall Road was a central artery of the city and any sort of gridlock upsets the entire traffic flow in the city. Lahore DCO Ahad Cheema said that the CDGL was ready to provide substitute places for protesters. He said that after the place would be selected, the CDGL would assist in provision of all facilities, including security, media coverage, water and stage.