Protestors will not be allowed to attack state institutions: Nisar
Interior Minister says government is ready for meaningful dialogue to resolve current political crisis.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has emphatically stated that the Government would not allow protestors to attack state institutions.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Friday evening, he said as per written understanding PTI and PAT were allowed to be confined outside the Red Zone but they were allowed inside the zone on their insistence.
The Minister said over thirty thousand personnel of Police, FC, Rangers and Pakistan Army were fully capable to prevent entry into Red Zone but the government demonstrated flexible attitude for the sake of safety of the people. He said advance of the protestors to Red Zone should not be construed as weakness of the law-enforcing agencies.
The Interior Minister said the other side has expressed willingness for talks which is a positive indication.
He said the Government is ready for meaningful dialogue and said the next 48 hours are crucial in this regard. He said we should engage into talks as patriotic politicians.
The Interior Minister said containers have been placed for the security of the protestors.
He said the Government is prepared to accept most of the demands. He said the all political parties and the nation are on the one side and two parties on the other side.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan revealed that as per alerts given by the head of the elite military intelligence agency, there are serious security threats to marchers. He said there are intelligence reports that two suicide bombers and a loaded vehicle have left for Islamabad. The threat is so serious that the military intelligence agency has also requested intelligence agencies of other countries to help trace their movement and links.
The Interior Minister said he is sending senior officials of his Ministry to the leadership of PTI to inform them of the threats and enlist their cooperation for ensuring security of the marchers. He said if Imran Khan still insisted on removal of containers then some of them would be removed after written undertaking by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri themselves they would themselves would be responsible if any terrorist incident takes place.
The Minister said the Government has to ensure enhanced monitoring and checking of vehicles especially those coming from KPK as intelligence agencies have issued security threats from that side. He said attack on police personnel would be responded with full force.
The Interior Minister dismissed speculations and rumours that the IG Police Islamabad was removed as he resisted implementation of some orders. He said IG himself sought leave which was granted.
The Minister regretted that Imran Khan used highly indecent language against Interior Secretary who is a thorough professional and an honest officer.
Replying to a question, the Interior Minister said there is a difference between bogus and non-verifiable votes. He clarified that magnetic ink used during last general elections in Pakistan is used nowhere in the world. He said during meetings so far held on the issue, the Election Commission of Pakistan has decided not to use magnetic ink in future elections.
Chaudhry Nisar regretted that the visits to Pakistan by two foreign dignitaries had to be postponed due to situation created by two parties.