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Pakistan: Sharif government permanently bans rallies in Islamabad

This announcement comes after multiple recent skirmishes between police and supporters of ex-PM Imran Khan



By ANI

Published: Sun 29 May 2022, 1:19 PM

Following the chaos during former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Islamabad rally, the federal government of the country, alongside the interior ministry, agreed to impose a permanent ban on the entry of rallies and processions in the capital to curb the spread of disorder.

In a meeting chaired by Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, accompanied by the interior ministry and police officials, they decided that rallies or protests would only be allowed after signing a written agreement between the Islamabad administration and the organizers, reported The Express Tribune.

The participants in the meeting emphasized the need for formulating a strategy in order to prevent violence disguised in the form of political protests. In addition, the Islamabad administration was also directed to undertake strict measures with immediate efficacy to put a stop to any future riots.

“Violence against police and law-enforcement personnel cannot be allowed,” said Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah. “We cannot let miscreants hold the country hostage. Therefore, in future, no riotous long march or procession will be allowed to enter Islamabad,” he added, as reported by The Express Tribune.

Inspector general of police of Islamabad and Punjab, alongside police officers from the Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, and Sargodha districts also attended the meeting.

Earlier, the Islamabad Police on Thursday registered a case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan in connection with the riots that occurred during his Azadi March. Apart from the ousted Prime Minister, multiple cases were registered against several other leaders of PTI.

The federal capital turned into a battleground on Wednesday as multiple scuffles took place between the police and PTI marchers after Imran Khan and his convoy entered the city and started marching towards the D-Chowk despite the Supreme Court’s order to hold a rally at a ground between H9 and G9 areas of Islamabad.

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