ISLAMABAD: Despite a reported approval by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the Islamabad district administration has refused to give permission to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold a rally at F-9 Park citing security concerns.
In a written response to the PTI, the deputy commissioner has informed the party that it cannot allow it to hold a public rally at the venue on April 24, the PTI’s Foundation Day.
In the letter sent today, the deputy commissioner said that the rally would affect the security and free movement of the public in the federal capital. The deputy commissioner said that Section 144 of CrPC has already been imposed in Islamabad which bans all rallies, political gatherings, and display of weapons in the city.
The development comes hours after an agreement appeared to have been reached between the PTI and the government after PTI chairman Imran Khan met Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday, sitting only two seats away from each other on a flight to London.
Speaking to media upon arriving in London, Imran said that his party was all set to celebrate its foundation day in a historic fashion at Islamabad’s F-9 Park. “We will hold April 24 rally at F-9 Park at any cost,” he had said.
Imran claimed Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had expressed no objection when he informed him about the same while onboard the plane to London.
“Chaudhry Nisar was under the impression that we might start marching on the Red Zone or Blue Area in Islamabad,” he said.
The PTI chairman said there would be no sit-in protest if a judicial commission is formed under the serving chief justice of Supreme Court to probe revelations that came out of a massive leak of tax documents linking several Pakistanis, including members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family, to offshore companies in the tax haven of Panama.
Imran however threatened street protest in case justice is not served. “We do not want to destablise the government…the government is doing that to itself,” he added.
The PTI chairman has said that all political parties in Pakistan are united for the constitution of an independent judicial commission under the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) to investigate the leaks from Mosack Fonseca, the law firm in Panama.
The PTI has insisted that it will hold a peaceful rally at the venue in the upscale Islamabad neighbourhood to mark its foundation day.
“We will have our rally at F-9 park at any cost,” PTI leader Faisal Javed told reporters today. He said that the party is speeding up preparations for the foundation day celebrations.