A political party has put up banners in 13 i cities of Pakistan urging Army chief General Raheel Sharif to impose martial law and form a government of technocrats.
Banners have been unveiled in cities of Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Hyderabad among other cities, media reports said on Tuesday.
As per ‘Dawn’ report, 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: "Janay ki baatain hui puraani, Khuda ke liye ab ajao.
Gen Raheel Sharif should himself supervise such a government, Hashmi was quoted as saying.
An analyst Amir said that the latest development strengthened the view that "something was cooking".
The paper 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.
Hashmi claimed that his party’s banners were removed in Lahore and Faisalabad on Tuesday morning.
Dawn said the ‘Move on Pakistan’ party - which has little grassroot support - had been registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan for the past three years.
A Faisalabad-based businessman, Mohammad Kamran, is its chairman. He runs a number of schools and businesses in Faisalabad, Sargodha and Lahore.
The party came into the attention in February when it put up posters and banners across the country asking the army chief not to retire and “help in eradicating terrorism and corruption”.
Though the party said five months ago that it was not inviting the army to take over, this time it said “there is no choice but to enforce martial law and form a government of technocrats”.
Minister of State for Privatisation Mohammad Zubair has said that only legal experts could say what action can be taken against those putting up such banners and posters.