ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration Monday gave a go-ahead to the long marchers to enter the capital by clearing all the roads leading to the protest venue -- the Jinnah Avenue -- after the organisers of the long march agreed to sign a code of conduct for a peaceful protest demonstration.

A source in the Interior Ministry informed that leadership of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) had assured the ministry through the local administration that Dr Tahirul Qadri would not prolong the sit-in and the long marchers would be asked to disperse peacefully after the midnight speech of TMQ Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

The Punjab leadership of the TMQ remained busy in negotiations with the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed on the directions of the Ministry of Interior during the last week to get permission to hold a sit-in and public rally in the heart of the capital. However, after lengthy talks, the local administration Sunday night agreed to give TMQ such permission after it signed a paper named as "code of conduct for the peaceful and secure conduct of long march". Ahmed Nawaz Anjum, Ameer TMQ Punjab and one of the organisers of the march, signed the 19-pint code of conduct addressed to the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad.

According to the code of conduct signed by TMQ, the protestors would remain peaceful during the sit-in and no marcher would get involved in any sort of violent activity. No person will carry any weapon of any sort and police shall have the right to arrest any such person and cease the weapon in accordance with the law.

The TMQ in the signed code of conduct agreed that no one would neither raise any anti-state slogan nor deliver any speech or raise any slogan, which may heart the religious sentiments of any sect. The organisers of the march would appoint a security committee that will have complete liaison with the local police.

There would be one entry point to enter the venue of the protest place, however, separate entry and exit points would be designated for VIPs. The entire venue would be secured by placing tents. The organisers of the march have ensured the administration in black and white that they would detail sufficient number of volunteers/ guards to ensure the body search of all the participants entering through walk-through-gates. It was agreed in the 19-point code of conduct that apart from the venue, no participant of the long march will go any where in Islamabad No participant will go at the back of the stage and no participant would enter the Red Zone or high security zone area of the capital. A distance of at least 200 feet will be maintained between the participants and the stage to ensure security of the stage.

The TMQ has ensured the local administration through the signed code of conduct that Dr Qadri would remain inside the bulletproof vehicle all the time during the movement and while on the stage he would remain in the protection of bulletproof shield to ensure security to avoid any untoward incident.

The TMQ would ensure that except the for the list already provided to the local police through the ICT administration no one would be allowed to go to the stage and any one entering the stage would be searched thoroughly.

The participants would park their vehicles at the designated parking the areas. "We will detail a sufficient number of volunteers/guards for the protection, security and surveillance of vehicles parked in designated parking areas," says the text of the signed paper. The administration had designated the main parking area at F-9 Park.