islamabad - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership has agreed to change the venue for its November 30 rally from the much desired Parade Ground to Blue Area, highly reliable sources told The Nation on Friday.

The consent pertaining to change in the venue from the Red Zone to Blue Area was given by the PTI leaders during a meeting held at the ICT Chief Commissioner office here on Friday.

High-ups from the ICT administration, senior officers from the CDA and other relevant officials participated in the meeting. The new venue will be quite close to the Parade Ground.

“The PTI has agreed to hold November 30 rally outside the Parade Ground. The party has given its consent to hold the rally at Jinnah Avenue (Blue Area), which is quite near to the Parade Ground and the city administration has also assured the PTI of all kinds of support,” a senior official privy to the ongoing arrangements for the PTI’s November 30 rally confided to this scribe. IG Islamabad Police Tahir Alam Khan, SP City and high-ups of the ICT Administration and CDA have already visited the proposed venue for the PTI rally, he added.

The ICT administration is also planning to quietly push the sitting PTI’s protesters outside the Parade Ground (Red Zone) before November 25, the senior officer said. He said that the containers placed by the PTI workers in the Red Zone would be removed, rather they would be placed around the Parliament House and Parliament Lodges so that the protesters could not trespass the Red Zone on November 30.

He said that the ICT administration, CDA and high-ups of the Islamabad police were working on a joint strategy as how to deal with and facilitate the PTI workers. “November 25 is the cut-off date to complete the arrangements for the PTI rally. The 70 meters long, 6 meters wide and 5 meters deep trench dug by the contractor of the metro bus project would be filled so that the PTI workers could be accommodated at the venue.

Similarly, the iron bars, dumped at the proposed venue, to be used for the metro bus project would also be removed from the spot.

This all would happen before November 25,” the senior officer added. He said that lights along the Jinnah Avenue and the surrounding roads would also be made functional before the cut-off date.

Meanwhile, the CDA has been given the task to restore beauty of the Red Zone and remove unwanted shrubs and grass at the Parade Ground once the PTI protesters are pushed out of the zone.

Meanwhile, the PTI leadership has approached the city administration for permission to hold the rally on November 30.

When contacted, PTI Additional Information Secretary Saifullah Niazi told this scribe that there was no flexibility from the PTI side regarding venue of the rally. “We would hold the rally at the D-Chowk as has already been announced by the PTI chairman that there is no flexibility from our side,” he added.

However, he said that PTI leaders were in coordination with the ICT administration regarding security arrangements and other facilities for the November 30th rally.