Rana to Imran: Shelve Pindi rally amid terror threat from enemy actors

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday asked PTI Chairman Imran Khan to postpone the planned rally in Rawalpindi as he cited serious security threats and said all the agencies had issued a red alert. “Be a politician as the people had made you a politician,” he added.

Addressing a press conference, the minister advised the people not be become part of the long march which, he said, was an “anarchy march” designed against the very interests of Pakistan and destroy the country’s economy.

Expressing his views and answering various questions, he said enemy foreign agencies, international actors and terror outfits like al Qaeda could target the rally to create chaos and civil war-like situation in Pakistan.

The reason for that nefarious goal, he said, was Imran nominating the three persons for an alleged plan to eliminate him, which would be used by the enemies of Pakistan. “Sit with us if anyone has reservations over the agencies’ report on terror threat.”  

Rana Sana also told Imran that he won’t get any election date as no one, including establishment, would fall prey to his blackmailing. The establishment had decided to stay away of politics and was fully committed to that stance, he added.

The federal minister was referring to Imran’s stated aim of getting an early date for general elections. A political leader fabricated the drama of long march, he added.

“You won’t get date from Pindi,” Rana Sana remarked and told Imran that he should talk to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Akhtar Mengal and other political leaders to resolve issues, if he wanted early elections.

Rana Sana quipped that he could even arrange his meeting with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif, if Imran wanted so.

As the senior PML-N leader continued addressing the PTI chairman directly, he advised Imran to return to the Parliament and become part of the political process to solve all the problems faced by the country.

If Imran doesn’t do that, he would be responsible for all the economic and political challenges and issue, Rana Sana noted.  

He revealed that Islamabad won’t be shut down from today (Friday evening) by placing containers as he had ordered the administration to review the security plan.

All the roads, barring four, leading to the federal capital would remain open, the minister said and added that traffic would remain open and only regulated even at those four entry points.


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