Govt allows PTI to hold Nov 30 rally at Jinnah Avenue

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 28 (INP): The PML-N government has allowed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold its Nov 30 rally at Jinnah Avenue in Islamabad, the interior minister announced on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that both the Islamabad administration and the PTI have signed an agreement of terms and conditions under which the party will be allowed to hold the public rally in the federal capital.

“The venue of the Jalsa will be the Jinnah Avenue until the MCB Bank (Excluding the service roads) Islamabad. The stage will be at the Parade Avenue facing towards the Jinnah Avenue/Blue Area,” read the affidavit signed by PTI’s Chief Coordinator Col (Retd) Yunus Ali Raza.

The Interior Minister read out the document agreed by the PTI and the Administration which states that the rally stage will be dismantled at the end of the rally at 11:59 pm on Nov 30.

Explaining the agreement Chaudhry Nisar said Police, FC, Rangers will be outside the meeting place and inside security will be the responsibility of the organizers and if needed, police will facilitate. H said it shall also be responsibility of the organizers that there was no danger or destruction of public and private property and welfare, safety and protection of children will be responsibility of the party.

The organizers have been told that the venue is a construction site and they should take enhanced precautionary measures for the security of the public at large and they will be responsible for any injury caused due to internal arrangements.

“The organisers/PTI volunteers shall ensure that there is no stampede…and shall be responsible for any consequences in this regard. The organisers shall take responsibility that participants shall not move beyond the identified boundaries of the venue, any violation of this and resultant consequences shall be the responsibility of the Organisers,” states the agreement.

Firearms or weapons, “including batons, sticks or any instrument that can cause bodily harm”, will not be allowed into the venue, for which the police and law enforcement agencies will conduct thorough checking. Search of participants at rally entry-points will be the joint responsibility of the ICT Police and rally organisers.

According to the agreement, ‘anti-state, anti-religion, sectarian or anti Ideology of Pakistan’ slogans or speeches will not be permitted, while effigies or flags of any political or religious parties will not be allowed to be burnt.

The organisers “undertake to respect the competing fundamental rights of other stakeholders and public at large” during the rally, states the document.

The agreement contains 42 clauses which the PTI chief coordinator “solemnly agrees to abide by…in letter and spirit”. The organisers will be liable to face legal proceedings in case of any violation of the agreed terms and conditions, adds the agreement.

Nisar said every one has right to protest and hold public meetings and pointed out that the government showed tolerance despite crossing of limits by the organizers of the sit-ins. He said for the last three months Pakistan is in the grip of protest meetings.

Chaudhry Nisar said the government would not allow anybody to invade Islamabad and warned that the security forces will act in accordance with the law if participants of the rally entered the Red Zone.. He said that the PTI would not be allowed to violate the terms and conditions it agreed to obey to hold the rally and pointed out that the party earlier had violated the agreement but the government showed tolerance.

Earlier Chaudhry Nisar called on the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and briefed him about the security arrangements made for the PTI rally. Sources said the Prime Minister approved the security arrangements made for the occasion.

INP

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