Centre, Khattak lock horns over Islamabad entry

| CM says no one can stop them | Interior ministry says he can’t enter capital with ‘armed mob’

2016-10-31T02:08:40+05:00 Our Staff Reporter

SWABI - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Sunday warned that nobody could stop him from entering Islamabad along with thousands of PTI workers, as he himself would lead the rally from Swabi to Bani Gala.

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On the other hand, the federal government has assured the KP chief minister of foolproof security and protocol in case he wants to visit Islamabad today alone. “However, if he comes along with ‘armed mob’, he would be considered part of the protesters and would not be allowed to enter Islamabad,” interior ministry told the high officials in KP. According to a press release issued by the Interior Ministry, an untoward incident took place on Sunday when a KP provincial minister entered Islamabad along with heavy weapons.

Addressing a public meeting at the camp office established on Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway in Swabi, Khattak said “I would remove all the barriers to Islamabad and lead the rally myself.”

He said coward rulers had blocked all the roads to Islamabad because their seats were shaking. “I will lead the rally from Swabi to Islamabad on October 31 at 10am,” he told the participants of the gathering and asked them to actively participate in it.

The KP CM said Pakistan was being looted mercilessly. He maintained that Pakistan has been created for justice and prosperity. “There are ‘Gullus’ within the government as well as those who use police for their own interests. You can lockdown the province, you can lockdown the country, but if Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan does the same, it’s unconstitutional,” he said.

He added Imran Khan has every right to lock down Islamabad and nobody has the courage to stop him. “We’ll go to Bani Gala by any means possible,” he said.

Khattak alleged that PM Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif had challenged the Pakhtuns.

He added, “We allowed PM to hold rally in Kohat, why is he blocking us from holding a public meeting in Islamabad,” he questioned.

Earlier, a meeting of PTI KP leaders and district office-bearers from all over the province was held, besides, women parliamentarians, workers also participated in the meeting.

The chief minister said that they have launched the protest against those who looted the national exchequer and shifted the same abroad.

“The campaign would continue till achieving our objectives,” he said.

He said, “We would keep demanding accountability of Prime Minister who has failed to offer himself for accountability after Panama Papers leaks about the establishment of offshore companies by his family.”

Federal government violated the Constitution but remember PTI leaders and workers could not be stopped by these tactics.

“Once the Pathans come out from their homes then no one can stop them,” he said.

About Islamabad incident, he said that these were cruel tactics used by federal government.

Asad Qaisar said that no one could stop the storm of the people who would come not only from KP but also from other parts of the country with complete determination to reach Islamabad for the purpose to force Prime Minister to tender resignation or face accountability.

He said that dictatorial steps taken by Nawaz Sharif’s government were not acceptable to the people of the country. He said that the Panama Papers have leaked much earlier but Prime Minister adopted delaying tactics to dodge the people and institutions.

“We know and have strength to snatch our rights but we are peaceful people and the government should not compel us,” he warned.

From this public meeting they are telling federal and Punjab governments to remove the erected barriers and reopen the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway along with GT Road to restore the normal flow of traffic between Punjab and KP, he said.

Shahram Khan Tarakai said Shah Farman said that the camp office where they stand is an area of historical Hund which remained capital in historic times and Mehmood Ghaznavi also set up his camp here.

“We don’t want to attack Islamabad but want to struggle against the corrupt leaders,” he said. “Our struggle is not against Punjab but against those who deceived the masses and accumulated wealth.”

 

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