Police ban catering, accommodation services for Azadi marchers


Staff Reporter

Less than 24 hours after the appointment of new SSP Operations Mustansar Feroze, Islamabad Police have started to take strict measures to quell opposition parties’ anti-government Azadi March, scheduled for October 31 in the federal capital.
The law enforcement force has placed a ban on providing catering, sound system and tent services to the protesters while hotels, motels and guest houses have also been prohibited to offer them accommodation.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will march on Islamabad to “topple the PTI government”, accusing it of coming into power through rigged elections. All major opposition parties including PML-N, PPP, ANP and PkMAP have already announced their support for the protests.
In written warning notice, the Capital Territory Police also warned crane and excavator machine operators, power generator vendors, welders and hardware stores against offering their products and services to the participants of the protest.
According to a senior official, all 22 police stations of Islamabad have issued advance notices to the above mentioned service providers and business owners operating in areas of their jurisdiction. As per the warning notice, supply of any tools, accessories and equipment for the protest is strictly prohibited. Those found involved in the activity would face action, it read.
Meanwhile, terming the move illegal, the business community in Islamabad has categorically rejected it. All Pakistan Anjuman Tajaran President Ajmal Baloch maintained that those giving wrong advices on how to take on the protesters were not loyal to the government.
“How can an institution prohibit traders from earning their living?” he asked, maintaining that law does not allow any such move. “Not long ago, people from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek would procure food from catering services