Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has warned that the government will not ‘accept’ violence from the opposition at the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)’s sit in to be held alongside the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s D-Chowk rally.
“We will not touch you, but if you disturb the law and order, then we will not spare you,” Sheikh Rashid said, adding that the Frontier Crops and the Rangers will be providing security while the no-confidence against the prime minister is held in the National Assembly.
“If anyone is thinking of disturbing law and order to achieve their objective, they would be dealt with an iron hand,” the interior minister continued, directing his comments at PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
The interior minister assured that regardless of the outcome of the no-confidence vote, “Imran Khan will be the ultimate beneficiary.”
Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat called on both sides of the aisle to ease partisan tensions and cancel their respective rallies scheduled for the eve of the no-trust vote, stating that neither side should engage in ‘provocative politics’.
Citing the upcoming Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, the PDM chief announced it would postpone the party’s sit in by two days to allow foreign dignities to arrive in Islamabad peacefully and safety.
The imminent no-confidence vote has unleashed cut-throat, tit-for-tat sparring between the opposition and the incumbent government, with both sides accusing the other of engaging in mud-slinging and dangerous rhetoric.