ISLAMABAD: A five-member ministerial committee has been set up by Prime Minister Imran Khan to track the law and order situation in the light of demonstrations planned by different organisations and organisations in the Federal Capital.
The Committee will be chaired by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and composed of Minister of Law Dr Farogh Naseem, Minister of Defence Pervez Khatak, Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood, and Minister of Planning, Development and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood, Minister of Defence Pervez Khatak, and Minister of Planning, Development and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood, as informed by Zafar Yab Khan, Joint Secretary of Security and Administration, Ministry of the Interior.
Step has been taken ahead of protests planned by PDM, govt employees
While the notice seems to be general in nature, the proposal to stage a protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on January 19 was released about a week ahead of the anti-government Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) plan.
Copies of the notice were also submitted to the secretary, in addition to the ministers involved, to the prime minister, the interior secretary, the chief commissioner and the inspector-general of the police, Islamabad.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the PDM, declared on January 6 that the opposition parties would organise a demonstration outside the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) office in Islamabad on January 19.
A founder member of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has disclosed that India, Europe and Israel have obtained support from the party, Mr. Rehman said at a rally in Bannu. He regretted that in the international finance situation, the ECP refused to keep the PTI responsible.
“He said, “We do not follow the law of those who have done politics by taking funds from India and Israel.
Anti-government marches in big cities are now being organised by the PDM, a coalition of 11 opposition groups. The alliance has also declared a march on Islamabad in February as part of the movement.
Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan allowed the PDM to protest outside the Pakistan Election Commission, warning the opposition parties that “no infringement of the law will be allowed.”
“No obstacle should be put in the way of a demonstration if anyone wishes to protest,” the prime minister said during a meeting with Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.
Some claim that the high-powered ministerial committee was formed not only to keep an eye on the actions of PDM in the capital, but also to monitor other pending demonstrations, including one seeking fair pay and pension benefits from federal government employees.