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Red zone security handed over to army

*Nisar says army to protect sensitive installations inside red zone *Dr Qadri should not hide behind shield of women, children

ISLAMABAD – Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali on Tuesday announced that the government has decided to hand over the security of red zone to the Pakistan Army.


“Under Article 245, we called the army for the protection of red zone and to meet our international commitments,” he said while addressing a press conference. Nisar said that Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had assured not to enter the red zone.


The minister said both PAT and PTI were allowed to hold public meetings on the condition that they would abide by the agreement. He said meaning of sit-in was to stay at one place and not to go for an attack. If a sea of people had been with Imran Khan then the sit-in would have importance, he remarked.


He said that security was provided to the two parties because of the serious security concerns. “As a well wisher I want to say, Imran Khan you are a role model for the youth, people and different sections of society, don't tempt them towards violence and extra-constitutional measures,” he said.


The minister said that the elections were not held by the Pakistan Muslim League-N but by the caretaker government. He said that Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri should adopt the democratic ways. “Governments come and go but the state is supreme,” he said. He said that PTI and PAT did not demand to give facilities to the people at the gatherings but the government facilitated people as much as possible.


Citizens of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have been facing difficulties because of the sit-ins, he noted. He advised Imran Khan to keep aside his ego. “For the first time, I have doubts about sincerity of Imran Khan as a leader. He should not push Pakistan towards violence,” he said. Pakistan has given respect to Dr Tahirul Qadri and he should not hide behind shield of women and children, but provide security to the people, he said.


Nisar said that the government has again decided to invite the two parties for the talks. “The committees have been formed and I and Ishaq Dar can come for talks. Please cool down this fire and find a solution to the problem,” he said, and urged Imran and Qadri to adopt the democratic way and find democratic solutions for the sake of Pakistan, democracy and people.


"Violence begets violence and decisions could not be done through build-up of people,” the minister said. He also said that anger was being shown by the two parties as one million people did not come out on their demand.

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