ISLAMABAD – The political temperature of the federal capital is rising gradually with the Islamabad police have been tasked to arrest local leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) before November 30 as reported by local agencies/news.
The government is doing everything possible to frustrate the PTI workers and the task given by the government to the police has created panic amongst the opposition party ranks and yet there is much more to come in the coming days.
“Lists of the active political leaders of the federal capital have been prepared and handed over to the concerned SHOs so as to detain them before PTI’s November 30 rally,” sources in the police department said. They said that the law enforcing agencies had also directed the management of local hotels and guesthouses to regret booking for the ‘outsiders’ until the PTI rally was over. Furthermore, the local police, through elders of the community, have approached the guardians of the active PTI youth to ‘advise’ them that it would be better for the youngsters not to attend the rally as they may sustain injuries in case of violence, the sources added.
Meanwhile, around 3000 personnel of Islamabad police have been deployed inside the Red Zone cordon to protect important installations including Parliament House, Supreme Court and Parliament Lodges, said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity on Wednesday.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the number of personnel deployed for the security of the Red Zone; however, he added that it was difficult to scrutinise the credentials of personnel of other law enforcing agencies in a short span of time and deploy them inside the zone. According to the police officer, all the personnel deployed inside the Red Zone cordon have already been cleared by the special branch of police and the high-ups cannot take a risk of deploying ‘not cleared’ personnel over there. On a question, he said that the Islamabad police were yet to share their security plan with those assigned the duty of protecting the Red Zone.
The sources further said that over 20,000 personnel of different law enforcing agencies including Rangers, Frontier Constabulary, Punjab and Azad Kashmir police have been recalled to keep the Red Zone secure before and during the PTI rally. Some 10,000 personnel would be guarding the Red Zone only, the sources added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Wednesday protested against the arrests of its workers by the capital police ahead of its November 30 rally, saying police were harassing PTI workers to stop them from participating the rally.
In this connection, PTI has formed two separate committees to deal with the situation arising out the ongoing arrests of its workers by the local administration of Islamabad as well as capital police. The one committee – Legal Aid Committee – is headed by senior lawyer of PTI Niaz Ullah Niazi and the other is ‘Prisoners Aid Committee’ headed by senior pleader of the party Jameel Abbasi.
Both the committees will not only adopt the legal course for the release of arrested workers but will also make necessary arrangements for the care of workers languishing in prison.
PTI leader Ali Nawaz Awan briefing the reporters at the party’s Central Secretariat said that the government was harassing the PTI workers to stop them from participating the November 30 rally and the police was raiding at different areas of the city to arrest them. “I condemn the hurdles being created by the government to stop the protest of my party that is very well within the limits of the constitution,” he said, adding that neither PTI workers could not be harassed through the use of force and their protest could not be stopped in this way. “We are ready to face every kind of situation and will come out of our homes on that day,” he vowed.
Niazi Ullah Niazi, senior leader of PTI’ lawyers wing, endorsed that police were harassing the workers of PTI and he condemned this act of the police. He said that the PTI would go to the court against this action of the government. Jamil Abbasi said that PTI had taken forward its protest movement against rigging in last elections peacefully but the government had created a situation of fear in the capital that was unjustified. “We are ready to face any aggression of the state,” he said.
Senior PTI leader Ali Raza Younis and PTI MNA Nafeesa Khattak were also present on the occasion.