PTI activists march toward Red Zone

August 17, 2014

Attempt will deteriorate already tense situation: Pervaiz

Says PAT, PTI set deadline for democracy, not for govt

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have begun their march towards Red Zone in Islamabad, Sunday.

According to reports, PTI workers removed barriers from Serena Chowk before moving foward towards Red Zone. Security personnel are trying to stop the marchers who appear to be charged up.

However, senior PTI leaders Asad Umar and Saifullah Niazi are trying to control the situation. Heavy police deployment has been made near Red ZoneAgencies

In a statement issued from the ministry, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has warned PTI and PAT protesters against breaching the Red Zone area in Islamabad. He said such an attempt will deteriorate the already tense situation.

He said the government had conceded to the PTI Chief’s demand of vote audit in ten constituencies but Imran Khan himself backed out of the talks. Pervez Rashid said that government will review the demands of PTI and PAT within provisions stipulated by the constitution. He said the court never asked anybody to tender resignation.

Answering a question, the minister said that Pakistan Army stands with constitution of the country.

Pervaiz Rashid Sunday said that the deadline set by Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan was for democracy and not for the government.

He said that the difference between the democratic and undemocratic forces made crystal clear today and now the democratic forces have to come out with their strategy.

In an interview he said that a commission has been set up on the demand of Imran Khan and the government through talks was trying to convince him, as those demanding for a commission have been retracted by now.

Federal information minister said that 35 assembly members and a crowd of 5,000 persons can’t overthrow the democratically elected government. DNA