Govt could easily remove protest sit-in “with just ten cops: Ch Nisar

nisarPeaceful rally to be allowed on Nov 30

‘Law will come into action if democracy attacked’

SALMAN TANVIR

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) would be allowed to hold a peaceful, political and democratic public meeting but nobody would be allowed to ransack government and state buildings on November 30.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said this while talking to media men here after attending the passing-out parade of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Thursday.

Ch Nisar told PTI has made a formal request for a rally on November 30 stating that a protest in accordance with the constitution would be permitted. He said administration and Interior Ministry is considering PTI’s request for the rally and chalking out the administrative strategy for the said date.

Giving details of steps taken by the government, Ch Nisar disclosed government was trying to convince PTI to record its protest without disturbing citizens and paralyzing civic life in Islamabad. “The law will come into action if democratic institutions were attacked,” he warned claiming government could easily remove PTI’s protest sit-in “with just ten policemen”. Interior Minister also clarified government position saying their intention is neither to target any political worker.

“A three-tier security plan has been prepared for November 30 and FC, police and Rangers personnel will perform their duties to avert any untoward incident on the day”, he revealed. A three-tier security plan has been prepared for November 30 and FC, police and Rangers personnel will perform their duties to avert any untoward incident on the day”, he clarified adding FC as well police force have been directed not to baton charge the demonstrators while a mechanism has also been evolved for the use of water cannons. FC and police forces have been called in from other cities to ensure the protection of government and state buildings. He further told foreseeing the probable situation on November 30; police has placed containers to protect state institutions and public property.

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