The incumbent government has started preparations to stop the possible long march of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from entering Islamabad. While PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan refuses to reveal the date of the long march, the federal government is taking preliminary measures.
According to the details, containers are being placed under the Faizabad bridge. The roads coming to the federal capital are being blocked by the district administration of Islamabad.
Moreover, the federal coalition government has decided to deploy the troops of the Pakistan Army in the federal capital to stop the possible Long march of PTI. Pakistan Army will be deployed to prevent the entry of protesters into the Red Zone.
Military forces will be called upon to assist the civil administration under Article 245 of the Constitution, which states that the Armed Forces shall defend Pakistan against civil oppression or threat of war. Reports are claiming that security walls are also being.
In context of expected PTI Long March On behest of Capital administration the @ICT_Police has started placing containers along road side at Faizabad all in /out open. Govt seems having int that long march can start anytime.
— Northern News Updates (@QAD_North) October 6, 2022
JUST IN: Federal government has started preparations to stop the possible long march of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from entering Islamabad. pic.twitter.com/hDzXtBVJbA
— Pakistan Observer (@pakobserver) October 6, 2022
PTI vs Govt
Currently, tensions are running high between the PML-N-led government and its rival PTI as the latter is gearing up for a long march in a bid to call early elections.
PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry claimed that all arrangements and preparations for the long march towards the federal capital are in the final stages. On the other hand, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has not revealed the date for the long march as “everything is being recorded.”
The PTI chief said that he had kept his long march plan secret and no one knew the long march date including the party’s vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi. On the other hand, he has told his workers to remain ready as he could give the call anytime.
Lashing out at Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Imran Khan said that it would be difficult for Sana to stop PTI’s long march because Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Azad Kashmir, where his party ruled, were all around Islamabad.
Meanwhile, the federal government asked the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to abstain from becoming a “tool” in paving the way for chaos in the country.