PTI, PAT allowed to march on GHQ’s message

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  • Source says that in a meeting with Nisar and Shahbaz, the COAS advised govt to avoid confrontation with any opposition party which could end up in bloodshed on Independence Day
  • Govt to keep GT Road clear but block all link roads to ‘ensure PTI and PAT are not in a position to mobilise people on a large scale’
  • MQM, Punjab governor facilitated reconciliatory process between marchers and govt while Nisar persuaded Khan to guarantee a peaceful march

 

ISLAMABAD

MIAN ABRAR

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government Thursday allowed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to take out their long marches from Lahore towards Islamabad after a “subtle message” from the General Headquarters (GHQ), supported by the political leadership led by Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Today has learnt reliably.

However, the PML-N government has devised a strategy to counter mass mobilisation of political workers by both the parties, sources said.

Under the planned strategy, though the GT Road would be kept opened for the main procession of the long march but all link roads would be blocked and hurdles would be created in way of the protesters to ensure that PTI and PAT are not in a position to mobilise the people on a large scale and the government can prove to the media that both parties have failed to muster desirable political support in the federal capital.

“The Punjab Police will be blocking the protesters in small cities and towns and top workers of both the parties would be arrested. There are many who have been arrested and sent on judicial remand, who could have motivated the workers to ensure mass mobilisation,” a source told Pakistan Today.

“Now we will be able to prove to the nation that the PTI and PAT have failed to gather two million supporters in the federal capital which both the parties had claimed.”

GEN SHARIF PLAYED A ROLE:

An informed source, seeking anonymity, told Pakistan Today that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif had proposed the government to avoid any step which could incite violence.

“During his meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Gen Raheel advised the government to avoid confrontation with any of the opposition party supporters which may end up in massive bloodshed,” the source said.

The source added that during the meeting, Gen Raheel also shared intelligence reports which suggested that both the protesting parties had made “elaborate preparations” for the march and blocking any of the two parties could create a major law and order situation.

The source said that following the meeting, both the ministers reported back to the prime minister and informed him about the suggestions of the army chief, following which the government decided to allow long marches.

“Resultantly, Nisar during his press conference on Tuesday night, tried to dodge the media and said that the government would implement the Lahore High Court verdict by disallowing protestors for the march,” the source added.

POINTS HAD TO BE SCORED:

Later on, political players also jumped into the fray to defuse the tiff between the marching parties and government and the reconciliation process was led by Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain while the process was facilitated by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar who has better relationship with Dr Tahirul Qadri, while Nisar contacted Khan and persuaded him to guarantee a peaceful march, the source said.

“Imran Khan informed the interior minister that his march would be peaceful and he would guarantee if his workers are not attacked or blocked.”

The source added that after Khan’s assurance, it was decided that PTI would be given a free hand to carry forward the long march but the PTI would not be allowed to gather so much strength which could put the government in a tight corner.

12 COMMENTS

  1. PTI has anticipated and out manoeuvred mns. Mins has made no allies during office. And now is faced with a formidable coalition of foes. Well, at least he kept army on his side, lol. What an idiot!

    • idiots like you will always think that JEWS Khan will be PM but never…on our lives he can be PM. he has no agenda just to come for enjoyment…..

  2. Mns thinks he can just throw his weight around and every1 will subjugate. That’s his monarchy. Pakistan wants freedom. True Islamic founded Democracy.

  3. As founded and implemented by hadrat umar farooq. The true champion of democracy. Let’s look within islam, not to the western models.

  4. This is a march sanctioned by army and as such there is no threat to govt. But it does give us an insight into the current working of army and PTI. There is no doubt in my mind that PTI and PAT are both working for army – agenda being to keep NS in check on issues of India and other matters of foreign policy and to threat him for keeping his mouth closed on issues like attack on Hamid Meer and Geo. I predict a mediation brokered by army, govt remains intact, NS again gets restrained in his approach towards army in general and Musharraf issue in particular. We will be back to square one in terms of civil military relationship.

  5. All Pakistan freedom fighters Dr Alama Qadri Sahib, Janab Imran Khan Sahib with all marchers are most welcom in Kharian Punjab Islamic Republic Of Pakistan

  6. who rules pakistan ? GHQ ISI OWNED BY FIRANGIS CIA ? THEN WHY HAVE EXPENSIVE ELECTIONS ? WHY NOT THEN HAVE KING OF PAKISTAN APPOINTED BY CIA -SAME AS KING OF SAUDIE ARABIA AND ALL THE SULTANS AND SHEIKHS OF ARBALANDS ??????
    NEW KING OF IMRANKHAN AND NO 2 QUADRI -APPOINTED BY ISI -OWNED BY CIA ..SAME AS LATIN AMERICAS ARABLANDS EGYPT TURKEY ETC ETC .. SACH -TRUTH -FACE .. HAQ- BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS — NOT FOR SAUDIE SHIAS MUSLIMS !!! WHO R REAL KAAFIRS FIRANGIGULAMS THEN … ? SUNNYS ZALIMS IN GHQ ISI SAUDIE ARABIA BAHARAIN ETC ETC .. ASK A REAL BALOCH SHIA ..

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