Long March

Pak-Army handed security of Red Zone, tells Nisar

ISLAMABAD: “The Government of Pakistan has handed over the security of Islamabad’s Red Zone to the Pakistan Army, for which a formal request has been made and it will be acted upon in the next 2-3 hours”, told the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday, ARY News reported.

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Addressing an important press conference with respect to the current political situation, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Government of Pakistan after a detailed consultation with all the opposition parties and then later with the relevant quarters of the military hierarchy, has decided to handover the security of the Red Zone to the Pakistan Army.

He told that for this purpose a requisition has been made and it will be acted upon in the next 2-3 hours.

“The government decided that all the political issues will be handled politically, however nobody will be allowed to worsen the security situation of the federal capital”, added the Interior Minister.

He said that the government is ready to open 20 constituencies, but the PTI diverted from its basic demand of probing polls-rigging in 4 constituencies and resorted to a long march.

Nisar said, “We demonstrated patience and facilitated the marches in every way but the agitating parties kept changing their demands”.

He said that a charged crowd cannot be controlled, while there can be miscreants who can possibly target diplomatic offices of friend states, worse is that the embassies of the states Pakistan has strained terms with can also be harmed, which will lead to serious consequences.

Chaudhry Nisar further said, “Imran Khan sent him a text message giving his word that the participants of the Azadi March will not enter into Red Zone, at which I replied that your word is more than enough for me and I will permit you once and for all without consulting anyone”.

He said Imran did not honor his promise to stay away from the Red Zone.

The Interior Minister said, “I always respected Khan for his sincerity with state, but today I have doubts on him for a leader does not cause unrest and panic in the country”.

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