PTI given permission to hold rally at Jinnah Avenue – says Nisar
Islamabad, Nov 28 (Online): Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on Friday said that the government has allowed PTI to stage its protest but would retaliate if mob attack the capital.
Addressing to a press briefing here, the minister confirmed that PTI has finally been allowed to hold its promised Nov 30 rally at Islamabad’s Jinnah Avenue.
He said the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has given permission to PTI for its rally and a formal No Objection Certificate (NOC) in this regard has been issued.
The minister said PTI management has opted Jinnah Avenue as venue of the public meeting and the stage will be set up at Parade Avenue.
Elaborating on the agreement between PTI and ICT, Chaudhry Nisar said security of state institutions would be ensured at all cost.
“We have made it clear that no one will enter the Red Zone… The PTI organizers must ensure that there will be no stampede in the rally. The organizers will be responsible if anyone entered Red Zone… The law will come into action if someone attempted to attack state institutions,” the minister added.
Chaudhary Nisar laid the conditions for the upcoming rally of PTI scheduled on November 30 in Islamabad.
Nisar said organizers would ensure that participants should not move forward from rally venue towards the Red Zone or any other place.
“Organizers will ensure that no damage to public places, properties is caused while access to such places is not blocked.”
He told that police, FC, Rangers would be deployed outside rally venue while, internal security would be looked after by the PTI itself.
Nisar made it clear that no violation would be tolerated against points agreed between the government and the PTI for rally on Sunday.
He also added that welfare and safety of children, participating in the rally, would be responsibility of the organizers. “When the rally concludes, it will be the responsibility of organizers to ensure that participants were dispersed peacefully before 11:59 am on Sunday night.”
He also stressed that organizers must ensure safety of participants due to construction work of Metro project going on currently near rally venue.
To a question, he said the government had not struck any deal with Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri.
He said Qadri has abandoned PAT sit-in from Islamabad.
When asked what is guarantee that your old friend (Imran Khan) would fulfill his promised to act on agreement, Nisar replied the journalist “Why you feel jealous of our old friendship”.