LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday directed the Punjab government to constitute a committee to prepare a draft for a legislation to declare The Mall a red zone.

Justice Jawad Hassan was hearing a petition by Advocate Azhar Siddique questioning the failure of the government to make legislation to declare the Mall Road a red zone despite a ban imposed on holding protests and sit-ins on the place.

The judge observed that the city would soon start witnessing protest activities on the road since the weather was getting pleasant. He also lamented that the crime rate had also been increasing that discouraged foreign investment.

The judge remarked that the protests on main thoroughfares also marred business activities.

Published in Dawn, October 20th, 2020