ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said that Difa-e-Pakistan Council is not an outlawed organization as it includes parties like Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Samiul Haq (JUI-S).
Addressing Police Darbar in Islamabad on Thursday, Nisar rejected criticism about permission given to Difa-e-Pakistan Council to hold a public meeting in Islamabad despite the imposition of Section-144.
He said the Council sought permission and accepted conditions proposed by the district administration for the purpose.
“He also reminded critics that DPC is not a outlawed organization as it includes parties like PML(Q), Jamat-e-Islami and JUI(Sami),” said a statement released by state-run PID in this regard.
It is pertinent to note here that opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and a number of other politicians criticised the government for not allowing PTI to stage a sit-in by imposing Section-144 in the capital and allowing a ‘banned’ organisation a rally during the same period.
Nisar eulogized Islamabad police and other law enforcement agencies for establishing ‘writ of the state’ during the recent influx of people in the federal capital for the PTI sit-in.
The minister also announced Commendation Certificates and a prize of fifty thousand rupees each for the ten thousand FC personnel who were deployed for security duties in Islamabad and Punjab during those days.