The Ministry of Interior early on Thursday sought deployment of Rangers to protect the Governor House, Lahore, after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced to hold a protest demonstration in front of the official residence of the Punjab governor.

The ministry wrote a letter to Director General Punjab Rangers for deployment of “sufficient strength of Pakistan Rangers for protection of Governor’s House, Lahore, under Section 7 (b) and 10 of the Pakistan Rangers Ordinance, 1959, and Section 4 (3) (i) of Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah also issued directives to the provincial chief secretary and inspector general (IG) of police to maintain law and order.

The development comes after PTI had announced to hold a protest in front of the Governor’s House at 5 pm today (Thursday) to stop the governor from taking any ‘unconstitutional step’.

PTI leader Hammad Azhar announced this while talking to reporters here along with party’s senior Vice-president Fawad Chaudhry.

Speaking to journalists in Lahore, the PTI leader Hammad Azhar had said that the party has decided to hold a public gathering outside Punjab Governor House today (Thursday), wherein Imran Khan will announce a new plan of action.

He also levelled allegations against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of ‘horse trading’, saying that PTI Members of the Provincial Assembly (MPAs) were getting telephone calls and Zardari’s money was being used for games in Punjab.

POLITICAL CRISIS DEEPENS: The political crisis in Punjab has intensified after the Centre and the province came face-to-face over the no-trust voting against Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, PA speaker and deputy speaker.

The crisis deepened after the governor and PA speaker rejected each other’s rulings regarding the no-trust voting and summoning of a special session for vote of confidence today.

A notification for removing CM Elahi has been prepared and signed by Governor Balighur Rehman, the Governor’s House insiders said.

The governor had directed Chief Minister Elahi to seek a vote of confidence from the Punjab Assembly on December 21.

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