Article 245 invoked to stop Imran’s long march: PPP


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has feared that invoking Article 245 of the constitution in the capital is to stop Imran Khan from the long-march by adopting similar measures just like the government took against Tahirul Qadri by killing his workers in Model Town, Lahore.
PPP’ Central Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira, when contacted to seek his views about Ch Nisar Ali Khan’s press conference where he lashed at PPP for political point scoring over the issue of article 245 said that the PPP had never said that the move of the government was unconstitutional. Kaira, however pointed out that what is the need to invoke this article for the capital. “If security is the objective then it should be better invoked in Bannu, DI Khan, and other parts of the country where the security situation is much worst than the city,” he noted. About Nisar’s claim that previous the PPP government also called army in aid to civil powers, Kaira replied in affirmative; but pointed out that there is a difference between the PPP and PML-N’s government. “We had never called the army to block the political rivals to hold the rallies which the present government is going to do, just to counter Imran Khan,” he added. He said that the PML-N should not hide behind the national institutions through such acts and should come up openly about it. 

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