The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has made the decision to stop Imran Khan’s Azadi March in Islamabad in response to mounting pressure from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for early elections and the government doesn’t want this.
The decision was made during a meeting of the PML-N’s political committee, which Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over. The meeting took place just a few hours after a police officer was killed while conducting a raid at the home of a PTI politician.
All eyes were on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) long march to Islamabad, which was announced by PTI Chairman Imran Khan earlier as part of the party’s anti-government campaign seeking early elections. With security being beefed up in the federal capital and a crackdown against PTI members across the country last night, all eyes were on the PTI’s long march to Islamabad.
At today’s meeting, attendees discussed various strategies for countering the PTI’s planned long march and had consultations on the current political climate in the country.
Rana Sanaullah, the Minister of the Interior, presented a briefing on the current state of law and order as well as the steps being taken to ensure peace and security.
The Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, was reported to have said in relation to the long march that such strategies are equivalent to destroying the economy as he was addressing the meeting.
The prime minister went on to say that the writ of the state would not be compromised under any circumstances and that every illegal conduct would have its path to execution barred.
During the discussion, attendees reached the consensus that legal action would be taken in the event of any aggressive or offensive act.
At a news conference that will take place very soon, the minister of the interior will provide the media with an update on the plan to halt the march.
The district and provincial administrations will be given instructions on how to prevent the PTI from marching toward the federal capital, and all chief secretaries, IGs, and other key officials would be brought on board via video.
At the meeting were representatives from the federal government including Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Azam Nazeer Tarar, Khurram Dastageer, and Riaz Tarar.