Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo while talking to a delegation of PPP of Lahore rejected the new wave of wide scale arrests of the PTI and PAT workers in a bid to prevent the largest participation in the PTI meeting on Saturday evening (today).
He maintained that this senseless move was not only repugnant to the fundamental right of peaceful procession of the citizens but also was at variance with the Supreme Court instructions to the effect that peaceful procession was the fundamental right of the Party.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo pointed out that the Parties had been holding the processions in a peaceful manner within the ambit of the constitution and the arrests of the workers tantamount to preventing them in the exercise of their fundamental right which was guaranteed by the Supreme Court as such.
MIAN Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo called upon the government to desist from indulging in illegal and unconstitutional arrests because misuse of the powers had already led to the deleterious consequences as was evident in the Model Town incident. It can be ironically said that the rulers had learnt no lesson from their repeated mistakes and were still following the beaten tracks, he added.
He demanded that the political workers should be immediately released which was necessary to create enabling environment for carrying out legitimate political activities in the country. The political scenario is already mired with acute anxiety and uncertainty, not good omen for the continuity of the political process.