Interior ministry warns PTI of threats

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The Ministry of Interior cautioned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Secretary General Asad Umar on Wednesday about security threats against the party and its chief, and urged them to postpone public gatherings for the ongoing ‘Haqeeqi Azadi March.

In a letter, the ministry said that the security situation “prevailing in the country may be kept in view and the PTI leadership may consider the possibility of postponing public gatherings like the one planned in Rawalpindi on November 26 to avoid any untoward incident”.

The Ministry of Interior maintained that it had been “sharing threat alerts generated by credible intelligence sources to the life” of PTI chief Imran Khan by “anti-state elements” that wanted to destabilise the country.

It further stated that the attack in Wazirabad, where former premier Imran Khan was injured, had highlighted the importance of taking the threat alerts seriously, “particularly in the context of the resumption of the march and its culmination in Rawalpindi”.

According to the letter, in view of the threats the federal government had provided a bulletproof vehicle and deployed police and civil armed forces for Imran’s stay in Islamabad. However, the party chief was presently in Lahore and participants of the march had moved to Rawat.

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