ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday expressed strong apprehension about the possibility of a terror attack on the marchers, warning organisers of both the sit-ins not to enter the Red Zone.
“Security agencies have informed the government that the terrorists have planned to target the protest rallies, and two suicide bombers have already entered the twin cities,” Nisar told reporters at the Punjab House. He said the PML-N government respected the mandate of other parties in the country and allowed them to hold a long march even after the court had given the government mandate to stop the long march. Nisar said a security shield has been formed around the rallies, adding that 30,000 law enforcers have been deployed for the security of both the sit-ins. The minister said the government allocated venues for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) rallies on the request of political parties. He said both parties have assured that they would not enter Red Zone. He said providing protection to Red Zone and diplomatic enclave was responsibility of the government. Nisar said there was no danger to the security of embassies and high commissions. He said the PTI protesters and leaders should realise the prevailing situation in the country. “Presently, Pakistan Army has been engaged in a difficult war. At this crucial time, the nation and all political parties need to stand by the military, which is fighting to make the future of the country secure.
He said that law and order would be ensured at all costs and no one would be allowed to take law in their own hands. “Strict legal action will be taken against those who disrupt the law and order,” he warned. “We will not allow anyone to take law in his own hands. Protest in democratic manner is acceptable.” Earlier, the minister visited Abpara and adjoining areas to review security arrangements.
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