ISLAMABAD - As thousands of members of Defence of Pakistan Counsel (DPC) march towards Islamabad protesting against resumption of NATO supply, Islamabad capital territory police seem not to intercept the peaceful marchers on entering its premises.
“We have chalked out a plan to save the residents of Islamabad including traders, citizens and diplomats from any mishap during the long march as thousands of participants of long march will enter Islamabad on Monday to protest against government decision of restoring Nato supplies.
However, we have not been instructed to intercept the marchers,” a police officers of Islamabad capital territory police told TheNation on Sunday.
It is interesting to mention here that off the record conversation with officials of Islamabad district administration and capital territory police officers revealed that higher government authorities including advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik were much worried and tense wondering what might be the result of long march, however, they did not instruct the city administration and police officials to stop or intercept the marchers.
As forecast by this newspaper earlier on Sunday, Punjab police did not stop the participants of long march to move to Islamabad as they left Lahore for their destination (Islamabad) on Sunday.
“Lahore police are likely to allow the religious parties to organise long march from Lahore to Islamabad against the federal government’s decision of reopening the NATO supply routes to Afghanistan,” TheNation reported on Sunday quoting the Inspector General of country’s populous province Punjab.
Following footsteps of Lahore police, the Islamabad city administration and Islamabad capital territory police would not attempt to thwart peaceful protests, it has been learnt.
A couple of days back, the DPC announced holding of a long march from Lahore to Islamabad from July 8 to protest against the reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam (Sami) Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq announced the decision in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, last week.
Analysts believe Once the participants of long March reach Islamabad (destination of marchers as announced by the DPC), they will most likely to move towards Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw, the direct victim of US led-NATO’s war against terrorism, where a wave of anger has been spread among the masses following government’s decision to restore NATO supply line.