Islamabad  - The government seems to have decided to deal with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on ground instead of resolving the issue politically, as it allocated Rs 680 million for the 25,000 personnel of law-enforcement agencies being requisitioned from other provinces and AJK.

The interior ministry, Rangers, Islamabad Chief Commissioner office, ICT police, Capital Administration and Development Division, Civil Defence and other departments are in close coordination for chalking out a plan how to deal with the PTI supporters as the latter had announced a siege of the capital from November 2 until the prime minister presents himself for accountability.

Sources in the interior ministry told The Nation that 25,000 personnel of law-enforcement agencies are being requisitioned from other provinces and AJK. According to the understanding developed among the concerned departments, the ICT police would provide logistic support to the law-enforcers while Rangers and FC would lead the action if ant situation arises.

On the other hand, police special branch has been assigned the task of monitoring the PTI union council chairmen and activists from Islamabad.

The law-enforcement agencies may have planned to pick the second tier PTI leadership from Islamabad before November 2 so as to demoralise the supporters, the sources added. They further said that guesthouses, hotels, inns of the federal capital are specially being monitored as the PTI lockdown nears. The sources said the Islamabad district administration and ICT police are busy chalking out multiple plans so that strategy could be kept secret. The sources said that armoured vehicles are also being transported to the twin cities before the November 2 possible lockdown of Islamabad to transport the PTI activists to police stations and prisons, the sources added.

Meanwhile, Islamabad police have arrested 10 outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered gold ornaments and weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said. He said that Bhara Kahu police arrested two accused Amjad Pervez and Irfan Zafar and recovered gold ornaments from their possession. Industrial-Area police arrested Hashim and recovered one iron punch from him. Golra police arrested Usman and recovered one 30-bore illicit pistol along with ammunition from him. Nilor police arrested Aqib involved in illegal cylinder filling. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is under way.