PMA moves court for not being allowed to hold pro-Gaza protest

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) convened today to address a petition filed by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), challenging the denial of permission to hold a Gaza solidarity protest at Liberty Chowk.

The court has summoned the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations and the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Lahore to appear at 2 p.m. to provide clarification on the matter.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the refusal to grant permission for doctors to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians, the court questioned the disparity between allowing political parties to conduct protests while denying the same to the medical community.

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Justice Asim Hafeez presided over the hearing of the PMA’s petition, which targeted the caretaker government of Punjab, the Deputy Commissioner, and other relevant authorities as respondents. The PMA had sought authorization to hold a protest at Liberty Chowk on December 5th as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Palestinians.

The PMA, in its plea, underscored Pakistan’s identity as a Muslim country and insisted that it should unequivocally condemn the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. They argued that the denial of permission for the protest appeared to be rooted in ill-intent, urging the court to intervene and allow the demonstration in support of the Palestinian people.

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