Red Zone security may be handed over to army

PTI Islamabad lockdown

Govt brings corruption allegation against Imran

Islamabad—The government is mulling over handing the security of the Red Zone and other im-portant installations in the federal capital to Army in the wake of PTI’s Nov 2 sit-in in the federal capital. After a decision to this effect following consulta-tions, the district administration will formally re-quest the Interior Ministry for deployment of Pakistan Army. The Army’s 111 Brigade could be called in for security of Red Zone on Nov 1, 2016. The sources said that police and paramilitary forces would be responsible for handling of participants of the sit-in, while FC and Rangers would be deployed at the security of outer layer of the Red Zone. On the other hand, AJK and Punjab police have been called in for helping the Capital police during the sit-in. Minister of State for Privatization Muhammad Zubair says PTI’s plan of shutting down Islamabad on November 2 is tantamount to revolt against the State. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Sunday evening, he said the government will en-sure that the constitutional rights of the people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are not trampled over by PTI, and the state institutions continue to function. Muhammad Zubair said PTI knows well that the present government will win the next general elections also on the basis of its performance. He said Imran Khan formed an offshore company namely Niazi Limited Services in 1983, but he never showed it in tax returns until it was disclosed. He asked Imran to disclose his source of income with which he bought Bani Gala residence for Rs350 million. He said Imran Khan also got a flat booked in Grand Heights in Islamabad in 2014, but that too had no mention in his tax returns. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said in Faisalabad the Panama case is under-hearing in Su-preme Court, therefore there was no justification for Islamabad shutdown over Panama leaks. He questioned why Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is joining the rally. Sanaullah denied that any Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members has been arrested.—INP/NNI

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