ISLAMABAD: Citing security concerns, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday ruled out Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf planned public gathering in Islamabad.
Talking to a press conference here, Nisar said there is an issue of sensitive buildings in Islamabad. “The red zone in the capital city cannot afford holding sit-ins and public gatherings”.
He said political power can be demonstrated in other parts of the country. He said such activities infringe upon fundamental rights of the people of the capital besides inflicting harm on the economy. He appealed to all political parties to cooperate in maintaining peace of the city.
The Interior Minister said free for all public meeting on 24th of this month in Islamabad would not be allowed and writ of the state would be established.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is adamant on holding a public rally at F-9 Park in the federal capital later this month to mark the party’s 20th foundation day.
PTI’s Central information secretary Naeemul Haq had said no power can stop them from celebrating the party’s foundation day in Islamabad.
The interior minister had earlier ruled out permission for political rallies in the federal capital, saying Islamabad could not be sealed on daily basis.
Nisar also targeted Imran for demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resignation over Panama Papers issue.
He said, “if you want accountability then I present myself before all for accountability. And accountability should not be for selected people but for all.”
He said the opposition should first clean before their own house before slinging mud on Pakistan Muslim League-N. All the representatives in senate and assembly should present themselves for accountability.
Nisar said opposition should first unanimously decide as to what course of action should be taken for accountability.
He said we should avoid politics of threatening, public gatherings and sit-ins. Let peace and serenity prevail in the country.
The Minister, however, said he is open to meet or converse with PTI leader Imran Khan on the issue.
He said four month sit-ins of PTI caused losses worth billions of rupees to the country besides one billion expenditure on deployment of security forces to handle the situation.
Nisar also critisized the opposition for targeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family over Panama Papers issue. “If we wanted to solve the issue then we should stop the media trail”. Imran had hinted at staging sit-in at Raiwind, also the residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, if transparent investigations of the Panama leaks are not conducted. “This time we will take the workers of PPP and PML-N along to launch an anti-government movement and stage a sit-in at Raiwind for which preparations have already been started,” Imran had said.