PTI allowed to hold protest rally with certain conditions: Nisar

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The interior minister says bringing weapons, fireworks and children will not be allowed.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the government has conditionally allowed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold its protest sit-in in the capital city on May 11.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said that the government has no objections to the democratic and political rights of protest in a peaceful manner. He said the protection of citizens’ lives and property is main responsibility of the government however; there would be some conditions for the PTI activists to follow.

He said that bringing weapons or any tool posing threat to security would not be allowed to bring in the demonstration.

Nisar said that if a weapon is recovered from any person, all passengers travelling with him would be stopped to enter the rally. He said that women would not be allowed to bring children, and fireworks and explosive material are strongly prohibited to avoid any untoward situation.

The minister said there will be comprehensive three tier security in Islamabad by Police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary. He said containers not be allowed. Only Islamabad administration and security agencies will use containers for security line up.

Nisar said the rally can enter the capital through designated routes which will be advertised. He said instead of D Chowk, the stage of the public meeting will be set up at one hundred meter from Express Chowk and no one would be allowed to enter Red Zone.

The interior Minster expressed the hope that PTI would hold the protest in a peaceful manner. He said that sit-ins are not held in sensitive areas anywhere in the world. Chaudhry Nisar said that a venue would be specified to hold future protests in Islamabad.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief 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.

The PTI chief said demanding transparent and free elections actually helps strengthen democracy.

2014-05-09

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