'Govt has no objection on peaceful protest'

Nisar says administration to extend full cooperation to PTI

ISLAMABAD – Interior Affairs Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali said on Thursday that the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has no objection if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) held a peaceful protest at D-Chowk in the federal capital on May 11.

“We must review the way we protest. The government has no objection if protest is held in a democratic, political and peaceful manner,” Nisar told the National Assembly. However, he said that there should be a modus operandi for the protest. “We need to sit together and determine a place of protest in Islamabad,” he said.

Nisar said the government was ready to sit with the opposition to bring electoral reforms. He said the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner before general elections was carried out in consultation with parties inside and outside the parliament. He said that the PTI was in the forefront to propose the name of Fakhruddin G Ibrahim for the slot of Chief Election Commissioner.

The interior minister assured that Islamabad administration would extend full cooperation to PTI to hold its rally on Sunday. Earlier, PTI Chairman Imran Khan requested the government not to create any hurdle in their way to stage the protest on Sunday as it is their democratic right.

He rejected the impression that his party wants to derail the democratic process. He said demanding transparent and free elections actually helps strengthen democracy.

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