Federal cabinet examines religious party protest scenario

The Federal Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, on Tuesday examined the scenario created by the protest of a religious party.

According to sources, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed briefed the Federal Cabinet on the state of public order in the country. After the meeting, Sheikh Rashid told the media that the cabinet reviewed the political and public order situation in the country.

Responding to a question, the Home Secretary said no decision had been taken on anyone’s release. He dismissed the reports of violence and assured that all will be well soon.

The government decided to take action against the violators and ordered the reopening of several roads, entry and exit points that were closed due to the protests.

A previous high-level meeting chaired by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed decided to take action against those who disrupt public order in the country. He also ordered cell and internet services to be suspended for 24 hours in areas where the law and order situation had deteriorated.

On the other hand, a meeting chaired by Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat decided to deploy Rangers and police at 16 points from Lahore.

The provincial justice minister said that assistance from the Pakistani military can be requested if the situation worsens. He warned that no one would be allowed to take control of the law and called on officials to immediately arrest offenders and press charges against them.

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