TAXILA, Pakistan: The federal minister for interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should hold its show of strength on November 30 and then come to the negotiating table.
The PTI led by Imran Khan plans to hold a massive rally in Islamabad on November 30 as a part of its protests against rigging in the 2013 general elections and the government’s alleged corruption.
Talking to media representatives in Taxila on Saturday, the interior minister said that the PTI will have to follow legal formalities while holding any gathering in the federal capital.
The interior minister said that there have been contacts in respect of the forthcoming PTI gathering and hopefully the issue would be resolved amicably.
The minister said that it is not understandable as to why the PTI wants not to follow the legal procedure. He said that there is no doubt that political parties have a right to organization gatherings but others too have their rights which should be respected.
Chaudhry Nisar further said that one would be mistaken if one thinks of invading Islamabad.
“No one can challenge the writ of the state, otherwise it would be a non-functional state, the minister said.
Nisar again rules out existence of IS in Pakistan
In reply to a question, the interior minister reiterated that there is no existence of the Islamic State (IS) in Pakistan and those conjecturing about this are doing no service to the country, says a report published on Radio Pakistan.
“Pakistan is already being maligned because of existence of different militant groups and the elements talking about presence of IS should not refer to non-existent organization,” he said.
The interior minister categorically stated that IS is an Arab-based organization and has no presence in Pakistan.
Nisar said that some militant organizations are using the name of IS and resorting to wall chalking but so far there is no evidence of the organization in the country.
The minister said that the civil and military leadership is committed to eliminate all sorts of militants and terrorists from Pakistani soil.