Leaves of Islamabad police cancelled over Azadi March


ISLAMABAD: The leaves of all Islamabad police officials have been canceled to ensure the availability of enough personnel for security and traffic arrangements during the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) upcoming Azadi March in the capital on October 31.

JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday said the participants of rally will enter Islamabad on Oct 31.

According to an official notification issued on Thursday, “no police officer/official of ICT Police shall be granted any kind of leave till further orders except in the case of extreme emergency. However, the emergency leave of GOs of all divisions will only be granted through the office of AIG/Establishment, Islamabad and after the approval of the IGP, Islamabad.”

Fazl, in a media talk, said that although the march will start on Oct 27, it will take three to four days for workers from far-off areas to arrive in the federal capital.

Explaining the reason behind the decision to begin the march on Oct 27, he had said it was because his party wanted to express solidarity with people of occupied Kashmir.

Earlier, JUI-F had sought permission to hold Azai March at D-Chowk Islamabad.

According to a letter written to the chief commissioner, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), JUI-F will be holding the march on Oct 27 while exercising its democratic and constitutional rights under Article 16 and 17.