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Nisar visits Britain to raise funds for dams
By Tariq Butt November 21, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has embarked on a week long visit of Britain to raise funds for the Diamar-Bhasha and Mohmand dams.

The Pakistan High Commission in Britain has not yet finalised security plan for his visit. He will address fund raisers in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The commission said it was aware that some groups were planning to hold protests mainly in London but no plan has been finalised around the security of the chief justice. While no request for the security arrangement has yet been made by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that at least two groups have informed the police that they will be holding peaceful protests during the fund raising events.

There are reports that some groups are planning to stage protests outside the venues where the Chief Justice will be speaking to audience for the fund raising events for which tickets are being sold by the organisers.

Around eight events have been organised so far to raise funds and organisers have confirmed that venues were booked after getting permission and agreement from the office of the Chief Justice. After social media reports were circulated about the protests, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) UK issued a statement distancing itself from any kind of protests and urged its supporters not to become part of anything which is against the policy.

Zubair Gull, PML-N President in UK, said in a statement that his party has played a vital role to restore democracy from 1999 to 2008 Martial Law in Pakistan and contributed significantly to the restoration movement of the judiciary.

“The PML-N UK is not planning to stage a protest during the upcoming visit of Chief Justice of Pakistan to the United Kingdom. We have given clear instructions to all our office bearers and workers to avoid giving any political statement or to protest against Chief Justice of Pakistan visit in the United Kingdom.

“We respect judiciary in Pakistan and we hope their decisions will be based according to the constitution of Pakistan.”

Another senior leader of the PML-N UK Nasir Butt stressed that his party leadership in Pakistan has issued instructions to all its workers and sympathsiers in Britain to stay away from protests and not become part of anything which is aimed at sabotage.

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