CDA tells IHC…. Can’t provide space to PTI for sit-in due to security concerns

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The district administration of the federal capital on Saturday denied permission to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to hold a protest and sit-in in Islamabad.

The administration stated, in a separate petition filed in the Islamabad High Court by Advocate General Islamabad Jahangir Khan Jadoon, that there are reports from security agencies of a ‘serious threat’ to PTI chief Imran Khan’s life, hence, in view of such serious threats, they cannot give permission for a rally or sit-in.

The application added that the deposed prime minister’s container during the party’s ‘Haqeeqi Azadi’ march was attacked in Wazirabad, adding that the assailant has mentioned religious tendencies in his confessional statement.

A written confession of the assailant has also been made part of the application. The administration further said that it is feared that such individuals may enter the rally and there is a possibility that such violent actions might be repeated.

Referring to the assassination of former governor of Punjab and Pakistan People’s Party leader Salman Taseer, who was attacked and killed by one of his security guards in Islamabad’s Kohsar market in 2011, and Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti who was killed in Islamabad by unidentified gunmen, the application stated that there have been such violent incidents in Islamabad before.

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