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Interior Minister vows to get D-Chowk vacated

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 29, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Posted: Mar 29, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday warned the protesters staging sit-in at D-Chowk to disperse in an hour, else action would be taken against them Wednesday morning.

“The D-Chowk would be vacated tomorrow in front of media so that you can cover as to who is using women and children as their human shield,” Nisar told reporters while addressing a press conference.

He said police personnel and officers have been ordered to remain unarmed while taking action against the protesters.

Related story: Govt sends two clerics to hold talks with protesters

The interior minister said that the city’s administration and Karachi’s senior persons are currently holding talks with the protesting religious leaders in a bid to persuade them to end their sit-in.

However, he said that the violent protesters who damaged the public property would be taken to task.

“The protesters who damaged the public property would be arrested and legal action would be taken against them,” Nisar said.

He lamented that some people used the name of Holy Prophet (PBUH) to create anarchy and chaos in the federal capital.

Also read: Mufti Muneeb warns govt against use of force

The minister said guarantees had been given to the Rawalpindi administration that the crowd would disperse after the Chehlum. However, he regretted that some elements tried to do politics under the garb of Chehlum.

Nisar said a committee, headed by Additional Secretary of interior ministry, has been constituted to probe administration’s shortcomings in preventing the protesters from entering the Red Zone area.

Earlier, federal government had deployed thousands of police and paramilitary forces after giving protesters a two-hour ultimatum to end their sit-in.

An operation will be conducted if the participants of sit-in would not disperse, the government conveyed to the protesting religious leaders. –Samaa
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