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Imran, Zardari unlikely to share stage during PAT’s protest on Mall Road

There is a very little chance that Imran Khan and Asif Zardari will share the same stage during protest called by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) over the Model Town massacre.
The sit-in, which is scheduled to take place on Lahore’s iconic Mall Road on January 17, will be attended by a number of leaders from various political parties in order to depict a united opposition against the ruling PML-N.
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.
PTI had put forth its recommendation for the arrival and address of its leaders.
Imran Khan had earlier accepted the invitation of Qadri and declared to protest on Jan 17. The future strategy for the anti-government sit-in will be decided after the protest.
PPP leaders including Aitzaz Ahsan and Qamar Zaman Kaira had demanded of the resignation of Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif for the transparent inquiry of Model Town incident.
Meanwhile, 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.