ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government has allowed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to hold its Nov 30 rally at Jinnah Avenue in Islamabad, the interior minister announced on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that both the Islamabad administration and the PTI have signed an agreement of terms and conditions under which the party will be allowed to hold the public rally in the federal capital.
The venue of the Jalsa will be the Parad Avenue uptil the MCB Bank on Jinnah Avenue (Excluding the service roads) Islamabad. The stage will be at the Parade Avenue facing towards the Jinnah Avenue/Blue Area,” read the affidavit signed by PTI’s Chief Coordinator Col (Retd) Yunus Ali Raza.
The document agreed upon by both parties states that the rally stage will be dismantled at the end of the rally at 11:59 pm on Nov 30.
“The organisers/PTI volunteers shall ensure that there is no stampede…and shall be responsible for any consequences in this regard. The organisers shall take responsibility that participants shall not move beyond the identified boundaries of the venue, any violation of this and resultant consequences shall be the responsibility of the Organisers,” states the agreement.
Firearms or weapons, “including batons, sticks or any instrument that can cause bodily harm”, will not be allowed into the venue, for which the police and law enforcement agencies will conduct thorough checking. Search of participants at rally entry-points will be the joint responsibility of the ICT Police and rally organisers.
According to the agreement, ‘anti-state, anti-religion, sectarian or anti Ideology of Pakistan’ slogans or speeches will not be permitted, while effigies or flags of any political or religious parties will not be allowed to be burnt.
The organisers “undertake to respect the competing fundamental rights of other stakeholders and public at large” during the rally, states the document.
The agreement contains 42 clauses which the PTI chief coordinator “solemnly agrees to abide by…in letter and spirit”. The organisers will be liable to face legal proceedings in case of any violation of the agreed terms and conditions, adds the agreement.
Following the signing of the affidavit by the PTI, the Islamabad government formally issued the party a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to hold a rally on Nov 30 at the agreed venue.