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Azadi March: Govt set to use 550 containers to seal the Capital

ISLAMABAD: According to sources privy to zonal superintendents of Police here have demanded 550 containers (costing the exchequer Rs. 5000 per container per day) in order to prevent Azadi Marchers  from entering the Capital. 

It is likely that  connecting roads of Rawalpindi to I.J. Principal Road, Red Zone, Ayub Chowk, Aga Khan Road, Secretariat Chowk France Chowk, Radio Pakistan Chowk, Serena Chowk and Convention Centre will be sealed on 31st of October (2019) by using containers. 

According to sources 250 containers have been demanded by the City Zone, the remaining three zones have asked vendor to provide one hundred containers for each zone. 

SHOs of concerned Police Stations have warned the businesses (including catering services, tent services, hotels, motels, guest-houses/inns, generators, crane owners, excavators, welders etc.) here that legal action would be taken against them if they do business with the organizers or participants of the Azadi March.

NPTV has been informed that in order to halt the Azadi Marchers Police have been equipped with two hundred teargas launchers and 13,000 shells, one thousand gas masks and riot jackets etc. Moreover, it has further been insinuated that PTI-Government might call Army in to stop the Azadi Marchers.

A relevant piece published earlier:

Will PTI Govt. call in Army to contain the Azadi Marchers?

ISLAMABAD: Following Imran Khan’s DIESEL remark Maulana Fazl-Ur-Rehman and his Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) seem to be unstoppable.

According to details JUI-F and major political parties ( PML-N, PPP, ANP and PkMAP)   are determined to converge at the Capital on 31st of October, 2019 to stage a sit-in to force the government go home. 

Although PTI-Government has formed a committee to negotiate with Maulana, Prime Minister Imran Khan irked the opposition by saying that he knew for the first time Parliament was operating sans DIESEL. It is insinuated that in case the talks fail PTI-Government will call Army in.

It is pertinent to mention here that during 2014 dharna (sit-in) [staged by current Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Maulana Qadri’s Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan] too Army was called in.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.