PTI’s long anti-state march will be dealt with an iron fist, cabinet says

ISLAMABAD, May 31 (APP): The federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was assured on Tuesday that any long anti-state marches in the future would be dealt with with an iron fist.

Interior Minister Rana Sanullah informed the meeting that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) long march on May 25 was “not a political activity, but a planned anti-state plot”.

He also informed the cabinet that the long march was in fact an “armed attack on the state” under the guise of political activity, but said categorically that no law enforcement personnel at the scene were wearing a armed.

Prime Minister Sharif mentioned that he had ordered the Interior Ministry and law enforcement agencies not to carry any weapons at the location of the long march.

He formed a five-member committee comprising Rana Sanaullah and adviser for Kashmir affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira to draw up a future plan of action to deal with these anti-state activities.

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The cabinet commended the nation for rejecting Imran Khan’s May 25 long march and commended the law enforcement agencies for performing their duties effectively.

The meeting took due note of Imran Khan’s call for a bloody march on May 25 with those bearing arms.

It was pointed out that the PTI used the resources of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government by gathering armed groups in the KP’s house a day before the long march. Furthermore, the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan attacked the police personnel.

The cabinet expressed its deep concern over the statement by Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan who had announced to attack the state and the federal capital with full force.

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