Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar while addressing a press conference on Tuesday, in Islamabad, referring to the events of the past few hours said, “There are no winners or losers today.”
As Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) takes a U-turn from the protest which later turned out to be a peaceful celebration, Chaudry Nisar said that it is planned, Nov 2 ‘lockdown’ would instead be marked as a day of thanksgiving.
“Today Pakistan has won, Pakistan’s win is in peace, democracy, rule of law and reliance on our institutions.” Nisar stated.
“I appreciate and welcome what Imran Khan has said,” Nisar said, referring to the PTI’s decision to shelve their ‘lockdown’ plans.
“The PM also announced that the opposition can form the Terms of Reference (for the Panamagate commission) if it likes. This decision should have been made earlier,” he said.
While responding to PTI leaders’, the interior minister claims that the government had isolated the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by blocking off the motorway between KP and Islamabad, said it was incorrect to claim the people of the province were unfairly targeted.
“I am aware of the ‘mehman nawazi’ of the Pakhtun people,” he said. “And we did not stop you when you protested in F-8 park.”
“But would you open your doors to a ‘lashkar’ trying to lockdown Peshawar?” he asked PTI supporters who attempted to march into Islamabad. “You adopted an incorrect policy,” he said.
The interior minister appreciated the role of police for maintaining writ of the state. “Police with bare hands and tear gas established the writ of the state against the mob… We used law enforcement agencies to uphold the constitution and law,” he said.