Imran, Qadri vow to enter Red Zone amid army deployment

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Tuesday vowed to move their respective Independence and Revolution Marches into Red Zone in the federal capital amid army deployment at the sensitive places of the city.

Earlier, the federal government decided to deploy army in Red Zone to stop PTI and PAT marches from entering Red Zone. The decision was taken by both parties after the deadline given to the government lapsed.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif held a meeting at the Prime Minister House and discussed matters pertaining to national security.

Imran and Dr Qadri vowed to lead march towards the Parliament House established in the Red Zone. However, they promised to hold peaceful demonstration there. They also asked workers to remain peaceful.

The red zone comprises Supreme Court, Prime Minister House, Parliament House, President House, foreign embassies and other important offices. However, Imran Khan has announced that there would be no ransacking in the red zone by his protester. Qadri is of the view that assemblies should be abolished.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan today announced that the Pakistan Army had been given the responsibility of securing the federal capital’s sensitive Red Zone area. He also said that consulates had expressed fears to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and they had told them that situation was under control.

Founder and Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has once again made a passionate appeal to the chiefs of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan to make a last-ditch effort for resolving political issues by holding dialogue.

He urged them not to close the door of dialogue at any cost. Addressing Dr Qadri he said, “You are not only a wise, patient and sagacious person but also a leading religious scholar. Before you take any action, I would appeal to you to review your decision in view of the critical situation of the country.”

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