Islamabad - The government seems to have made up its mind to allow Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold November 30 rally at the Parade Ground outside the Red Zone, as the Islamabad capital territory (ICT) administration has asked the contractor of the metro bus project to vacate the steelyard and remove other construction material from the site near Parade Ground for the time being.
Earlier, the government had offered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf at least three venues to hold its rally over there and asked it not to insist for any site near the Red Zone but the PTI remained stuck to its demand.
Later, both the sides showed flexibility on their stance and agreed on the Parade Ground, which is quite adjacent to the Red Zone.
The directions for the contractor are part of the preparations on part of the Islamabad capital territory administration for the PTI rally on November 30, sources said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the law enforcing agencies have beefed up security of the federal capital, especially the Red Zone.
The sources said that high-ups of the ICT administration, police department, CDA and other concerning departments first visited the site on Tuesday and then held a meeting with the representatives of the construction firm, Zahir Khan and Brothers (ZKB) construction company. “The contractor has been asked to shift iron rods and other building material from the steelyard, besides machinery from the site to some other place for the time being so that the venue could be prepared for PTI’s November 30 rally,” they added.
The contractor will start removing material from the site today (Wednesday), the sources said.
Meanwhile, the ICT administration has blocked the ways leading to Constitution Avenue by placing containers on the connecting roads.
Furthermore, the government has asked the finance ministry to release necessary funds for the law enforcing agencies to meet expenditures during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf sit-in, the sources added.