Shahbaz warns PTI against forcible closure of businesses

4-Shahbaz warns PTI against forcible closure of businessesLAHORE–Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said the law is equal for all and no one will be allowed to close down businesses forcibly.

He said this while presiding over a meeting held to review the overall situation in the province against the backdrop of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s “plan C” of shutting down major cities and subsequently the whole country in protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 polls.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said protection of life and property of citizens was a top priority of his government and vowed that all possible measures would be taken for maintaining peaceful atmosphere in Punjab.

The chief minister warned that those planning to take law into their own hands would be dealt as per law and no one would be allowed to shut down the businesses forcibly. He said all necessary steps would be taken for providing security to the trader community.

He directed that indiscriminate action should be taken against those found closing the business forcibly as per law.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, MNA Hamza Shahbaz and concerned officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, PTI chief Khan has urged traders to keep their businesses shut in Faisalabad on December 12, requesting citizens to sacrifice “one day to liberate themselves”.

Speaking to participants of his ongoing sit-in at D-Chowk in Islamabad, he said that Faisalabad district bar and transporters have assured their support for Dec 12.

“If people in Faisalabad think that there is no rule of law then they should come out on the streets and join hands with us,” Khan said.

“A day’s sacrifice is better than lifetime of slavery,” he added.

The cricketer-turned-politician said if justice is not delivered to him then he would continue holding the sit-in till he lives.

The PTI chairman has also summoned a meeting of the party’s core committee on December 9 at his residence, Bani Galal in Islamabad.

Sources say that the meeting would discuss and finalise the strategy for Lahore and Karachi strikes. The committee would also make decision whether to accept or reject the fresh offer of dialogue by the government, they added.

Appointment of the new Chief Election Commissioner and prevailing political stalemate is also expected to come under discussion.–Agencies

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