LAHORE: The arrangements for the Pakistan Democratic Movement PDM’s Lahore jalsa, hosted by the Pakistan Muslim League-N PML-N, are all-set at the Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan ground.
A huge stage has been set up next to the Minar-e-Pakistan for the leaders while chairs have been set up on the ground for sitting arrangement of jalsa attendees. Lights and sound system have been installed for the rally.
Marriyum Aurangzeb, Attaullah Tarar and other PML-N leaders, inspected the arrangements. Bomb-disposal squad has also examined the venue and have marked it as safe for today’s rally, informed sources said.
Sources said that the district management of Lahore has changed the entry routes to the venue ahead of the jalsa. Gate no.1 will be reserved for the public and gate no. 2, 3 will be reserved for leadership of jalsa. Women participants will enter the venue through gate no. 4 and 5.
Bomb Blast in Rawalpindi leaving 15 injured
Dec 13, a blast hit a market area in Rawalpindi district of east Punjab province on Sunday, leaving at least 15 injured, no militant/terrorist organization has taken the responsibility of the attack yet, police sources said.
The incident took place when an explosive device went off inside the market located near the Ganj Mandi area of Rawalpindi, police sources told Pardachaak.
The explosive device was planted near a vegetable cart by some unknown scoundrels who escaped the scene afterwards, according to the initial investigations.
Police forces, security agencies and rescue teams have reached the spot and shifted the injured to a nearby hospital where several are in critical condition.
Possible threat of ‘terror attempt’ on the PDM’s rally
The core leadership of the PDM has been warned of a possible “terror attempt” today. Lahore police have sent letters to Maryam Nawaz, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Khawaja Saad Rafique.
“Political and religious personalities or high profile personalities of minorities in Punjab Province are on their priority list,” the letter says.
The Punjab government has not permitted the PDM to hold the rally in Lahore citing the second wave COVID-19 pandemic and terror threat.
Punjab government’s spokespersons said, the law will come into force if the coronavirus standard operation procedures (SOPs) or the law are violated.
However, no action has been taken by the provincial government to stop the rally participants. No containers and obstacle has been put around the venue.
Maryam Nawaz in a tweet, has requested to the people to wear masks for their own safety.
“Dear All, as responsible citizens, please remember to wear a mask for your own safety & that of your dear ones, at all times, before, during & after what is going to Insha’Allah a historic jalsa. Thank You.”