According to details, PM Nawaz issued directives to authorities to clear protesters from the D-Chowk area but avoid use of force till the very end. Nawaz also gave orders that those who wished to exit D-Chowk voluntarily, should be provided a passage to do so.
Meanwhile, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has called a high-level meeting at the Punjab House, in which all top police and administration officials have been summoned. In the meeting, it will be decided whether or not an operation against the protesters should be conducted at D-Chowk. Nisar reportedly also expressed his anger at statements by police officials and forbade them from issuing irresponsible statements.
Backdoor negotiations with the protesters are also underway and it is also hoped by the government that the negotiations would bear fruit and an operation to dispel protesters would not be needed.