ISLAMABAD (NNI): Roads to Parliament House, Pak Secretariat, Prime Minister House, Prime Minister Secretariat and Cabinet Division had been blocked.
Workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) entered the red zone and have now surrounded the Parliament house to Pak Secretariat. According to a private television channel, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of the PAT workers besieging and marching towards important government buildings and advised the army officials to stop protesters from entering the buildings.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the protesters shall not be allowed to enter the sensitive buildings and should therefore be stopped at all costs. Higher Army officials have assured that Army would react if the situation goes out of hand. Earlier, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri directed protestors to surround the Parliament House and do not allow anyone in or out of the building.
Currently, National Assembly session is underway where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also present. Addressing the participants of Inqilab (revolution) March, Tahirul Qadri said that this parliament is ‘fake’.
While giving a short deadline to the government, he said “I cannot let the elderly and sick remain in agony. I cannot control my people for long. If too much control is exerted then my supporters will turn against me”. He appealed the supporters to stay calm and not to resort to vandalism or violence.
It may be mentioned here that Army personnel have been deployed in the so-called “Red Zone,” which also holds the president and prime minister s ceremonial homes and many diplomatic posts.
“Shout pro-Army slogans when you come face to face with Army personnel,” Qadri instructed his supporters. The demonstrators have camped out in Islamabad in two rallies since last week. PTI chief Imran Khan and Canda-based cleric Dr Tahirul Qadri have vowed to keep up the sit-ins until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.