Islamabad to use force if peace is violated: Rasheed


Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed warns JUI-F to keep Srinagar Highway open as per Supreme Court’s orders.

Says 6,000 Rangers and FC personnel and 9,000 to 10,000 other forces personnel are available to ensure peace in Islamabad.

Rasheed rubbishes rumours of blockage of roads in Islamabad, saying “entire Islamabad is open”.Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has warned JUI-F’s leaders and workers, gathering in Islamabad for Monday’s rally, to keep the Srinagar Highway open as per the Supreme Court’s orders and avoid disturbing peace in the federal capital ahead or during PTI’s rally at Parade Ground.

The minister, while addressing a press conference, said that there are 6,000 Rangers and FC personnel and 9,000 to 10,000 other forces’ personnel available to ensure peace and security in Islamabad.

“The judicial orders and law will be followed no matter what outcome it produces,” Rasheed said. “You have the right to hold the rally but if you try to create a fuss, the Islamabad administration has a freehand to act upon the laws.”

Rasheed rubbished the rumours that the roads in the federal capital are blocked, saying that the “entire Islamabad is open.”

He said that as an interior minister, he is trying to follow judicial orders but violators of the law will not be spared.

Strict action will be taken against those who take the law in to their own hands, he added. Moreover, Rasheed said that the services of Interior Ministry’s command and control centre are available on the number +92066609218594 for seven days in case the citizens witness any inconvenience and find any road or way blocked. He urged the participants to reach early as PM Imran Khan will address the rally around 5pm.

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