Christian community has reservations on PTI rally venue in Sialkot, says CM Hamza

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Hamza Shahbaz has said that government can’t allow Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold a public rally at CTI Ground in Sialkot due to reservations of the Christian community.

Talking to media persons outside the accountability court, CM Punjab asked PTI to change the venue and hold the public meeting at some other appropriate place.

On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ataullah Tarar has said that PTI will not be allowed to hold rally at land of church. He asked the party to hold meeting in Sialkot Stadium instead.

Earlier, Police have arrested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar and other party workers over preparation for a public rally in the city.

According to the details, the police raided the jalsagah with heavy machinery over preparation for a public rally in the city. A scuffle broke out between PTI workers and police at the venue.

Police entered the venue of the PTI public meeting claiming that the district administration had not allowed the party to hold a public meeting at CTI Ground in Sialkot.

Upon resistance by PTI workers, police resorted to tear gas shelling and baton-charge in an effort to disperse PTI workers.

Meanwhile, Usman Dar has said that he stands with PTI Chairman and that his love for Imran Khan will not be affected even if he is sent to jail. He reiterated that the former premier will attend the rally no matter what.

On the other hand, Sialkot DPO said the local Christian community had objected to holding a rally at the ground, saying that it was their property.

He added that the “political party’s leaders” sought permission to hold the rally but the community had refused.

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