Nawaz Sharif’s Rally at Minar-e-Pakistan on Oct 21 Gets Go-Ahead

The district administration of Lahore has granted permission for the Pakistan Muslim League (N) to hold a rally at Minar Pakistan on October 21. This rally marks the long-anticipated return of former Prime Minister and party leader, Nawaz Sharif.

The Deputy Commissioner Lahore issued a letter on October 14, addressed to Muslim League (N) spokesperson Bilal Yasin, stipulating that the organizers must submit an affidavit, taking full responsibility in case of any untoward incident. Following this, permission was granted for the proposed location.

However, this permission comes with several stringent conditions. An emergency exit route must be established, and the organizers are mandated to cooperate fully with the police. The permit explicitly prohibits speeches against constitutional institutions, the armed forces, the judiciary, and any kind of prohibited sloganeering.

In light of the overall security situation and threats received from various quarters, the organizers have been warned and directed to ensure the safety of the participants and the general public throughout the duration of the rally. Necessary security measures should be taken in and around the meeting hall.

Nawaz Sharif is currently in Saudi Arabia and is expected to leave for Pakistan via Dubai on October 21. He will address a rally at Minar Pakistan in Lahore upon his return. His legal team is likely to apply for protective bail next week.

The Muslim League (N) is making extensive preparations for a historic reception on the occasion of its leader Nawaz Sharif's return. The party has directed its workers from across the country to converge on Minar-e-Pakistan on October 21, while Nawaz Sharif has instructed the senior leadership to reach the airport to receive him as he returns from London after a hiatus of four years.

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