ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed both Chief Minister Punjab and Federal Interior Minister to hold inquiry into the police and administration failure to control the movement of people into high security zone.

The Prime Minister passed on these directions to both Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan yesterday at the Prime Minister’s House.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that the Prime Minister was annoyed over the situation where thousands of people barged into the high security zone after passing several security layers and had there proper planning and security arrangements the protesters could have been stopped at various points in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The Prime Minister further asked the Interior Minister to come up with a comprehensive plan to stop such a practice in future and come up with a detailed report on it.

Sources said that in a consultative meeting held on Monday some of the participants of the meeting came up with a proposal for coming up with constitutional and legal cover to impose a permanent ban on holding protest and rallies in the Red Zone and the other sensitive areas of the federal capital.

Sources in the government informed that both the Punjab Chief Minister and Interior Minister have already directed the concerned officials to come up with a detailed report on the easy walk into the Red Zone by the protesters who had actually gathered at the Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi to observe Chehlum of Mumtaz Qadari.

The Prime Minister, according to insiders in the ruling PML-N, was annoyed over the situation and made it clear to all that he would not tolerate such irresponsibility and laxity and wanted pointing out of the responsible people so that they could be admonished for their failure toward their duties and responsibilities.

The Prime Minister further directed the Interior Minister to come up with a foolproof security plan not only for the Red Zone but for the whole of federal capital, so that such a practice of staging of sit-in in front of Parliament or other sensitive places in Islamabad could be effectively checked in future.

Sources said that the government was contemplating imposition of permanent ban on all sort of demonstrations and public rallies in Islamabad and some formal legislation and legal cover could also be provided to the move after taking all the political stakeholders on board.