Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday has welcomed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) withdrawal of ‘lockdown’ call, a protest that was scheduled on November 2.

He addressed a press conference in the federal capital today.

Nisar said that he respected what Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) maintained today over protest on November 2. Nisar thanked and apologized to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Rawalpindi.

The federal minister welcomed Imran Khan’s about-face over demonstration in the capital aiming to lockdown the city by saying that it was a victory of the future of Pakistan.

Nisar said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf earned the mandate for the first time in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was entrusted with people’s expectations various times.

He referred to PTI’s sit-in in Islamabad in 2014 that lasted for over two months when he said that the government did not even hinder earlier protests staged by the organisation.

The minister criticised the fact that Khyber Pakthunkhwa Chief Minister (CM), Pervez Khattak reported party workers’ clashes with police as federal government’s injustice with the province. The federal government was impartial in every matter concerning the provinces, he asserted.

Expressing his attachment with Pashtuns in KP, Nisar said that the community was quite hospitable and he had spent around ten years of his life in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

However, he said that PTI was establishing wrong precedents for the people to come.

The federal minister talked about various clashes of police with activists of PTI in the last few days and said that the law enforcement agencies held writ of the law high.

It should be noted here that the federal government had imposed Section-144 in Islamabad for a period of two months last week that resulted in detentions of a number of PTI workers who had allegedly arrived from across Pakistan to participate in November 2 protest.

However, Nisar admitted during the press conference of wishing that the situation had not gotten so severe.

He rhetorically asked the chief of PTI to explain the need for agitation over a period of time when the premier had offered to hold a probe of Panama leak starting from him.

The federal minister said that the government would always try to curb violent confrontations as differences were inevitable.

by News tv and DunyaNews

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