PAT march besieges Parliament House, moves toward PM HouseAugust 20, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Wednesday besieged the Parliament House in Islamabad amid tight security measures by law enforcement agencies. The PAT workers also moved towards Prime Minister House as the police showed no resistance.
While leading Revolution March, PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri announced to besiege the Parliament House and asked workers and supporters to remain peaceful and ensure sanctity of the National Assembly and other state buildings. Imran Khan has also vowed to continue the march till Nawaz resigns. Army has been deployed to secure state buildings.
PAT Revolution March and PTI Independence March entered Red Zone on Tuesday night after removing containers and other barricades. The police showed some resistance but later moved backward amid huge marches.
In the night, heavy contingents of police came on the road and stopped the participants of PTI Independence March and PAT Revolution March but later moved backed.
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.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif held a meeting at the Prime Minister House on Tuesday and discussed matters pertaining to national security.
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 has 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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