ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Punjab president Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that despite the federal government's effort to create hurdles in the way of a public meeting in Rawalpindi, the party was granted permission by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to continue its preparation to observe the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto at Liaquat Bagh on Dec 27.
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Accompanied by PPPP secretary general Farhatullah Babar, information secretary Dr Nafisa Shah, general secretary Punjab Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, spokesman for the PPP chairman Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar and Nazir Dhoki, Mr Kaira said the PPP was observing the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto at Liaquat Bagh for the first time and workers of the party would ensure their presence at the public meeting from all over the country.
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'The party had informed Rawalpindi's district administration on Dec 1 and the administration informed the PPP just last night that the permission to hold jalsa at Liaquat Bagh on Dec 27 has been refused,' he added.
He said the PPP approached the high court and informed it about the situation and the party was allowed to continue preparations for the jalsa at Liaquat Bagh. 'The administration is responsible for providing security. The PPP will give its future strategy in that jalsa,' he said.
Mr Kaira recalled that at the time when Benazir Bhutto had addressed the public...