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Banners urge Pakistan Army to impose martial law

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Islamabad, July 12: A little-known political party has put up banners in 13 Pakistani cities urging Army chief General Raheel Sharif to impose martial law and form a government of technocrats. The banners have been unveiled in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Hyderabad among other cities, media reports said on Tuesday. According to Dawn, the “Move on Pakistan” party, which is behind the banners, earlier ran a campaign requesting the army chief to reconsider his retirement plan due in November. A banner hung at a prominent traffic intersection in Karachi reads: “Jay ki baatain hui puraani, Khuda ke liye ab ajao” (Talk of leaving is old; for God’s sake, now come). Ali Hashmi, the central chief organiser of the party, told Dawn that the party wanted the army chief to impose martial law and then form a government of technocrats to run Pakistan. Gen Raheel Sharif should himself supervise such a government, Hashmi was quoted as saying. While the army’s official mouthpiece - the Inter-Services Public Relations - remained silent, alyst Amir Ra was quoted as saying that the latest development strengthened the view that “something was cooking”. Dawn said that the banners sprang up overnight on all major thoroughfares in the 13 cities, including Cantonment areas, despite the presence of several checkpoints and extra security. (IANS)

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