Long March: Pak’s Deputy AG, PPP Parliamentary Secretary resign in protest

LAHORE - To protest the “undemocratic steps adopted by the Pakistan People’s Party Government against the marchers”, Deputy Attorney of Pakistan Abdul Hayee Gillani and PPP Parliamentary Secretary Ijaz Virk have resigned from their posts to record their protest against the torture of lawyers.

Gillani said he had faxed his resignation to President Asif Ali Zardari. Giving reasons for his resignation, he said he could not tolerate the way the police baton charged the lawyers and political activists and resorted to massive teargas shelling, which also targeted the Lahore High Court building.

He said it was intolerable for him to stay with a government that was denying rights to its citizens and sealing all routes around the country, which aimed only to curb their right to expression.

Gillani said that he especially felt pain on hearing that a lady had to give birth to a baby at a barricade after the police denied her the right to travel to hospital, The Nation reports.

In these circumstances, it was not possible for him to continue with the job under the present government and therefore had preferred to quit, he added.

Meanwhile, Punjab Government on Sunday issued transfer orders of DCO Lahore, Sajjad Bhutta, allegedly for his soft handling of participants during the ‘Long March’ in the city.

Earlier, there were rumours that Bhutta had resigned from government service refusing to obey the illegal orders of Punjab Government, but they turned out to be false.

The Punjab Government issued a notification for his transfer late on Sunday night. It was not clear in the official handout if he has been made an OSD.

The Punjab Government also issued suspension orders on Athar Waheed, Superintendent of Police, Gujranwala.


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