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Pakistan Muslim League Thursday decided to launch a countrywide protest movement against Pakistan People Party’s government, our sources reported.

The chief of PML-N took the decision after a detailed discussion with Central Executive Committee members in a meeting at his residence here.

According to the decision, PML-N will stage protest rallies and processions in protest against the apex court verdict and the imposition of governor rule in Punjab.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif said he would hold no more talks with the president Asif Ali Zardari.

Addressing the CEC meeting at his residence, the PML-N chief said in future he would hold no more dialogues with president on any issue saying he has no rely on president Zardari.

Sharif observed that the governor rule enforced in Punjab was an attack on public mandate.

Meanwhile, protests continued also on second day in various cities after the court verdict of ineligibility of Sharif Brothers.

In Faisalabad, main markets are closed and tyres are being burnt on roads while in Mirpurkhas, the PML (N) workers held a protest rally before the Press Club and making a sit-in blocked the traffic.

Protest rallies continue also in Jhuddo, Digri, Tando Jan Mohammad and Sanghar where markets and shops are partially closed.

Traders in Jacobabad had closed their shops but opened after the police assurance whereas in Kashmore, the police arrested 15 persons for violence and shutting down shops.

A protest rally was taken out from the PML (N) district office and is passing through various roads of the city.

President Asif Ali Zardari has decided to impose the Governor rule in Punjab for next two months.

The governor rule was imposed by President Asif Ali Zardari on the advice of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani under the article 234 of the Constitution, a presidential spokesman said.

The decision was taken in a high-level meeting held in the President House. The PM Gilani also held a one-on-one meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday.

The decision has come following a verdict by a Supreme Court bench that declared chief of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), Mian Nawaz Sharif, and his brother Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif.

Acting upon the orders of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer police have arrested dozens of MPAs outside the Punjab assembly who were trying to enter the assembly build to attend the session.

Heavy police contingents have been deployed outside Punjab Assembly and members have barred to attend the session.

According to reports, main gate of Punjab Assembly has been closed. Earlier, Punjab PML-N had submitted a requisition to convene provincial assembly session. Spokesman of Governor Punjab said only governor would summon the session after imposition of governor rule, therefore, Punjab assembly’s session is unconstitutional and illegal.

Meanwhile, Governor Punjab Salman Taseer is presiding a high level meeting to review the law and oreder siutaion and chalk out strategy to counter the reaction by PML-N and lawyers.


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