Amid rising pressure from the PTI for early elections and the government’s decision to stay put, the PML-N led government has decided to stop Imran Khan’s Azadi March.
The decision came during PML-N’s political committee meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair hours after a cop lost his life during a raid at the house of a PTI leader.
With security beefed up in the federal capital and a crackdown against PTI members across the country launched on Monday night, all eyes are on the PTI’s long march to Islamabad announced by Imran Khan earlier as part of the party’s anti-government campaign seeking early elections.
Consultations over the existing political situation in the country and ways to tackle PTI’s long march were discussed in the meeting.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah gave a briefing on the law-and-order situation and measures to ensure peace and security.
Insiders said it was agreed that the “public’s security” must be ensured.
“Such tactics are equal to ruining the economy,” PM Shehbaz was reported as saying about the long march while addressing the meeting.
The prime minister said that the state’s writ will not be compromised at any cost and the way to every illegal action will be blocked.
The meeting decided to take legal action in case of any violent or provocative act.
The interior minister will brief the media over the strategy to stop the march in a press conference shortly.
All chief secretaries, IGs and other relevant officials will be taken on board over video and the district and provincial administrations will be given instructions on how to restrict the PTI from marching towards the federal capital.
Federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Azam Nazeer Tarar, Khurram Dastageer and Riaz Tarar attended the meeting.
IMRAN READY TO ATTACK: Meanwhile, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that Imran Khan is ready to attack Islamabad with the government’s resources after losing the constitutional war in the Centre.
He said that the federal government will fully defend the state’s writ.
“Imran Khan’s personal agenda will not be allowed to be successful,” Asif said.
The state of war in the federal and provincial governments and threats to the country’s integrity will be dealt with an iron fist, he added.