Politicking of Madrassa Students will not be allowed at any cost: Interior Minister

No seminary student or banned Ansar ul Islam militia would be allowed to participate in the Pakistan Democratic Movement

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ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Interior on Tuesday has established a control room to monitor the protest of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) being staged in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has decided to monitor the situation himself.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad visited the control room along with Interior Secretary Yousuf Naseem Khokhar and reviewed the facilities being provided in the room. The minister said that law and order of the capital city would be monitored from the control room. He said all entry points of the capital would be closely monitored through CCTV cameras. Sheikh Rasheed said the government had allowed the peaceful protest, which was first of its kind permission granted for any such activity on the Constitution Avenue. The interior minister expressed the hope that PDM’s protest outside the ECP would be peaceful. Meanwhile, the minister also visited the Election Commission of Pakistan to review the security arrangements. He directed police for foolproof security to avoid any untoward incident.
Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad Monday said no seminary student or banned Ansar ul Islam militia would be allowed to participate in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) protest before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).The ECP was a constitutional institution and the government would not let anyone to intimidate it, he said while addressing here a news conference.The minister warned the Ansar-ul-Islam members of action if they were spotted in the protest donning uniforms with battons.
“We (the authorities) will keep a close eye on the protesters to ascertain if any Madrasa (seminary) student were brought by the PDM leadership.The Ulema and religious scholars should better comply with the law and avoid using their students for politicking, which is even against the sanctity of their stature.”
He said the Madaris (seminaries) were the torchbearers (minarets) of Islam and they had great esteem for them. They should not be used for political gains.He said he chaired a meeting to take stock of the law and order situation, which might arise due to the PDM’s protest in the Federal Capital on Tuesday.
The chief secretaries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab also attended the meeting.
He said neither the PDM had sought no permission for the protest nor the government had allowed them to do so. “It’s the first protest to be carried out in the Red Zone,”, Sheikh Rasheed said he had a meeting with the prime minister to discuss the measures being taken regarding the PDM’s protest. The PM had directed him to ensure that no seminary student was brought to the protest.
He said the government was taking all precautionary measures were taken and the PDM leadership would hopefully abide by the law.

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