Preparations are underway for opposition’s anti-government protest in Lahore despite the provincial government’s warning against it.

The city’s main thoroughfare Mall Road has been blocked for traffic while placing containers, creating immense problems for the commuters.

At least 30 chairs are being set at Chairing cross while an 80-ft long stage will be made for the speakers.

The protest venue will be extended to GPO chowk. As many as 200 sofas will be positioned in front of the main stage for the central leadership.

The united opposition has announced the commencement of anti-government protests. PAT chief Tahirul Qadri will declare the next strategy in the rally.

Punjab government had warned against protesting on Mall Road. The spokesperson of the provincial government had told after the cabinet meeting that they suggested the opposition parties to protest at Nasir Bagh.

Lahore High Court had rejected the immediate petition of Punjab government to stop the Jan 17 protest, recommending the formation of larger bench to hear the petition.

Imran, Zardari unlikely to share stage

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asid Ali Zardari have expressed strong support to the PAT chief’s protest over the Model Town massacre.

However; there is a very little chance that both the leaders will share the same stage during the protest.

Although Tahirul Qadri had claimed that he will bring both Imran and Zardari on the stage alongside him, PTI will make the final decision in its meetings. The time of arrival and public address of both the leaders will be stated after the meeting of action committee on the same day.