Protesters given night deadline to disperse

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D-Chowk to be cleared of protesters today at any cost: Nisar

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced that the government will clear the D-Chowk of protesters on Wednesday “at any cost”, if they don’t disperse by themselves in the night.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday night, Nisar said “if the protest doesn’t end in the next one hour, then we will clear the Red Zone in the morning”.
It is not difficult to conduct an operation but there are innocent people there who have been mislead, “we don’t want any bloodshed and want this to end peacefully”, said Nisar.
“The government is trying its best to protect people’s lives, but will make sure that it ends tomorrow anyhow.”
Currently the administration is discussing the issue that who should be allowed to leave and who shouldn’t as some miscreant elements are using the protesters as human shields, he maintained.
A rally organised by the Sunni Tehreek saw more than 10,000 charged protesters enter the federal capital on Sunday, damaging buildings and setting fire to the metro stations, containers and buses.
The interior minister held Punjab government responsible for the security lapse but went on to say that the religious parties violated the written commitments they had made earlier.
“The permission to hold the gathering to mark chehlum of Mumtaz Qadri was granted on the written assurance that the participants will disperse in the evening following the Asr prayers. But a section of the gathering violated the commitment and resorted to violence.”
Some people tried to do politics under the cover of a religious gathering, he added. Nisar maintained that legal action will definitely be taken against the people who caused damage to the state installations and announced that some arrests have already been made.
The Islamabad district administration had earlier given the pro-Qadri protesters gathered outside Parliament House a two-hour notice to disperse.

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