Islamabad braces up for proposed PTA and PTI-led 'Azadi' March
Pakistan capital Islamabad has reportedly braced itself for the proposed joint "Azadi March" by activists and supporters of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party and Dr. Tahir-ul Qadri-led Pakistan Awami Tehrik.
The march is reportedly being undertaken to protest against the alleged rigging of the 2013 general elections, which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) had won.
The Dawn is reporting that the situation in the Pakistan capital and surrounding areas is uncertain, and that there is a fear of violence breaking out in parts of the capital.
It said that key areas of the capital have been blocked off by containers and that cellular services have been suspended there.
The paper quoted Federal Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan , as directing the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) to restore cell phone services in several areas of Islamabad's Red Zone locality.
Subsequently, PTA spokesperson Khurram Mehran ordered the cell phone service to be restored in the vicinity.
Earlier on Aug 12, the Interior Ministry had ordered mobile phone and wireless internet services to be shut down in several parts of Islamabad for an indefinite period, to avoid any untoward incident and security threats during the nation's 68th Independence Day celebrations.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has said that it has not granted the PTI permission to hold a sit-in in Islamabad.
Mujeeb Qadir Khokhar, a spokesman for the ministry, was quoted, as saying: "The ministry has granted no such permission to the PTI."
(Posted on 14-08-2014)