GUJRAT: The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) has not yet changed or postponed its scheduled sit-in at D-Chowk in front of the Parliament House on Oct 31 and it has announced that it will gather jobless youths to remind Prime Minister Imran Khan of his promise to provide 10 million jobs.

However, violent clashes between the TLP workers and law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Sadhoke, Gujranwala, and blockade of the roads between Lahore and Islamabad has been a cause of concern for the organisers of JI’s sit-in, party insiders say and add that tense situation may also cause unavailability of vehicles to transport the youth to Islamabad.

JI’s Punjab north emir Dr Tariq Saleem told Dawn here on Wednesday that the party was determined to hold its planned sit in the federal capital but it had been cautiously observing the situation emerging out of the violent clashes between the workers of TLP and the LEAs. He said party’s district chapters in north and central Punjab as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were busy making arrangements for the protest.

In Islamabad, he said, senior officials of the JI held a meeting with the deputy commissioner and other officers to discuss the arrangements. The party had already informed the authorities about JI’s rally for the jobless youths. He said the Islamabad administration had asked it to change the venue for D-Chowk and hold it along Blue Area’s main boulevard but the party would organise the programme as per already announced venue and schedule.

He said he had also talked to party chief Sirajul Haq and secretary general Ameerul Azeem over telephone and discussed the situation and the leaders had directed to continue the preparations.

Published in Dawn, October 28th, 2021

Editorial

27 Nov 2021

Supporting ECP

ALTHOUGH the government bulldozed legislation on electronic voting machines through parliament, the reality is that...
27 Nov 2021

Forgiving the Taliban

IF there is one takeaway from Thursday’s gathering of more than 1,000 Shia Hazaras in Kabul, it is the call given...
Living in fear
Updated 27 Nov 2021

Living in fear

THE registration of a blasphemy case against four members of a family from a village on the outskirts of Lahore has...
26 Nov 2021

State Bank’s projections

THE macroeconomic projections listed by the State Bank of Pakistan in its annual report on the nation’s economy...
Ad distribution
Updated 26 Nov 2021

Ad distribution

If present govt can muster will to achieve this task it would set a solid precedent that no future govt would find easy to undo.
26 Nov 2021

Messy passengers

NEWS that passengers on a PIA flight from Manchester to Islamabad left so much litter on the plane that it led to a...