Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has vowed to permanently ban any political procession from entering Islamabad, the media reported. The decision came after PTI Chairman Imran Khan gave the government a six-day ultimatum.
According to the details, a high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah regarding the law and order situation in which the tensions created in the country due to PTI’s long march were discussed.
During the meeting, the Interior Minister said the government cannot allow anyone to hold the country hostage. Therefore, the meeting decided to adopt a “Zero-tolerance policy” against anyone who adopts violence. It was decided to permanently ban the entry of processions into the federal capital.
Further, Sanaullah also directed the Islamabad administration to take effective measures to stop another planned PTI long march on Islamabad.
PTI’s Azadi March: Violence aplenty
The recent Azadi March, which was planned to be a peaceful protest by PTI, became violent very quickly. The government mobilized the police to use force against the protestors. The police resorted to shelling and baton charges against the public. Islamabad’s D-Chowk turned into a battleground.
Pakistan witnessed horrible scenes of violence during that time. According to reports, two PTI workers lost their lives as a result of police brutality during the march.
My heartfelt condolences go to the families of our two martyred PTI workers, Faisal Abbas Chaudhry from Lahore & Syed Ahmed Jan from Mardan as a result of Punjab police violence during our peaceful Azadi March. PTI will take full financial responsibility for their families.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 26, 2022
PTI leaders and former ministers Hammad Azhar, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, and Omar Ayub Khan, were also injured. The police used batons against Omar Ayub Khan, leaving him with bruises on his body.
PTI leader Hammad Azhar was also injured after a tear gas shell hit his face. According to details, former energy minister Hammad Azhar shared a video on his Twitter in which he can be seen with a wound over his left eye. He had been injured after a policeman fired a tear gas shell right at his face, he claimed.
Similarly, Dr. Yasmin Rashid also received minor injuries. In her case, she was heading to Batti Chowk when police forces attacked her car. They smashed her windshield, due to which she received injuries.
Perhaps to prevent such incidents from happening again, the government is deciding to ban the entry of political processions into Islamabad altogether.