After Imran Khan rally ‘chaos’, Shehbaz Sharif government bans processions

ISLAMABAD: Following the chaos related to the Islamabad rally of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the country’s federal government together with the Home Ministry agreed to impose a permanent ban on the entry of rallies and processions into Islamabad, to curb the spread of disorder.
In a meeting chaired by Justice Minister Rana Sanaullah accompanied by Home Ministry and police officials, they all decided that demonstrations or protests would only be allowed after a written agreement was signed between the Islamabad administration and the organizers. The Express Tribune reported.
Meeting participants emphasized the need to formulate a strategy to prevent violence disguised as political protests. In addition, the Islamabad administration was also ordered to take strict measures with immediate effect to put an end to future riots.
“Violence against police and law enforcement personnel cannot be allowed,” said Home Minister Rana Sanaullah. “We cannot allow scoundrels to take the country hostage, therefore, in future, no long march or riotous procession will be allowed into Islamabad,” he added, as reported by The Express Tribune.
The inspector general of police from Islamabad and Punjab, along with police officers from Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura and Sargodha districts, also attended the meeting.
Earlier, Islamabad police on Thursday registered a case against Pakistan President Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and former Prime Minister Imran Khan in connection with riots that occurred during his Azadi March. In addition to the ousted Prime Minister, multiple cases were registered against several other PTI leaders.
The federal capital turned into a battleground on Wednesday as multiple scuffles broke out between police and PTI protesters after Imran Khan and his convoy entered the city and began marching towards D-Chowk despite the order of the Supreme Court to hold a rally in a field between Areas H9 and G9 of Islamabad.
Imran Khan warned his supporters that they would not leave D-Chowk until the Shehbaz Sharif government announced a date for new elections.
To control the law and order situation in the federal capital, the Pakistan government deployed Pakistan Army troops in the Red Zone to protect important government buildings such as the Pakistan Supreme Court, Parliament, Presidency, Office of the Prime Minister and others.

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