ISLAMABAD- Islamabad district administration has asked different government entities to hand over control of their premises to it for housing the law-enforcers during the possible PTI lockdown from November 2 onwards after the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) declined to vacate school buildings for the purpose, it has been learnt.

The regret from the CADD came during a recently-held meeting which discussed the possible scenario in the wake of PTI warning to shut the capital if the prime minister did not present himself for accountability.

The district administration’s efforts for securing different premises are part of the government arrangements to provide accommodation to police personnel being called to Islamabad from other provinces, AJK besides Frontier Constabulary to tackle PTI protest.

The district administration has already asked the Ministry of Interior for requisitioning the personnel of the law-enforcing agencies from other provinces and Azad Kashmir. Sources in the district administration said that administration of Sports Complex, community centres in sector G-6, sector G-9 and Allama Iqbal Open University have been asked to hand over buildings’ control to the district administration by November 23.  The letter written by the district administration said the buildings would remain under its control until the PTI protesters continue their stay in the federal capital.

During the 2014 PTI dharna, schools in Islamabad were shut down which drew criticism from the students and parents. On the other hand, the federal government is in a fix over detaining PTI chief Imran Khan on or before November 2 as he is supposed to appear before the Election Commission of Pakistan the same day. The ECP had summoned Chairman Pakistan PTI Imran Khan to appear before the ECP bench on November 2 with regard to the disqualification reference against him.

The date coincides with the PTI’s plan to lockdown the federal capital. On the question of detaining Imran Khan ahead of the possible siege, a source in the federal capital police told The Nation that any decision pertaining to PTI chief would be taken at an upper level of the government and the police would act accordingly. He said it is quite early to comment on what the government is thinking to restrict movement of the PTI chief in the wake of possible siege. “Any decision in this fluid political situation would be taken on ground and at the last minute… one cannot predict the possible scene weeks before the happening,” he added.

Imran Khan is also an absconder in a criminal case registered at police station Secretariat of Islamabad for attacking the Pakistan Television (PTV) building and Parliament House in August, 2014 during the PTI dharna.