ISLAMABAD - The federal government Sunday decided not to obstruct PTI’s Azadi March slated for August 14 in the capital city provided it is peaceful and within the law.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the decision to this effect in an informal meeting in Lahore before leaving for Saudi Arabia for Umrah.

The meeting also decided not to seek services of Pakistan Army for the maintenance of law and order in the capital city on August 14. The government has also decided to ensure safety and security of the participants of Azadi March and in case there was any incitement, the law enforcement agencies including police and the Rangers would show patience and tolerance to avoid Model Town like situation.

Meanwhile sources said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore and discussed various issues including planned Azadi March of Imran Khan. The meeting also deliberated upon the current political scenario of the country.

Earlier, both the dignitaries had a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wherein they reviewed law and situation of the country and political situation. The government and PTI leadership remained in touch till filing of this report. It was learnt that PTI leadership has assured the federal government that it would keep its Azadi March peaceful. Imran Khan will address the march and after disclosing his future strategy, he would not stage a sit-in and go back.