Qamar Zaman Kaira and Rehman Malik accuse Punjab govt for fanning violent protest in Islamabad

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said that it was responsibility of the government to protect foreign diplomats “at all costs”, adding that situation in Islamabad was serious and Punjab government was not performing its duty and is fanning the protests against the blasphemous film; meanwhile the Spokesman of the Punjab government Senator Parvez Rashid rejected the allegations of the Kaira and said the federal government was responsible for the security of the capital.
Speaking to a private TV channel Qamar Zaman Kaira said the Punjab government should have ensured that the protesters who came from Rawalpindi and Murree were stopped from entering Islamabad.
The information minister appealed to protesters to remain peaceful. He also urged political and religious parties to refraining from fuelling hate and destroying the country.
He said that the demonstrators came from Murree and Rawalpindi and the Punjab government should stop them from entering Islamabad.
He said that there was no such need to protest against the film as the government had already announced a public holiday to mark the Youme-Ishq-q-Rasool (S.A.W) on Friday.
“All the foreigners and diplomats are in our protection and we will protect them at any cost,” the minister added.
He said that Islamabad is not a very big city and it has limited strength of security force, adding that if a large number of people would be gathered in Islamabad than who will control them and what will be the results of this, adding that it will result in riots. He said that the government is trying to ensure security of the federal capital, adding army and other law enforcement agencies would be called for the protection of the capital. Qamar Zaman Kaira said that foreigners would be protected at all costs in Capital, adding that it is the responsibility of Punjab government to stop large gatherings from entering Islamabad.
He said that the flags of several political parties could be seen in the protest, adding that these flags are not hidden from anyone, adding that harming the public property is not right way of expressing feelings. He said that President Zardari has left for the US and he will take up the issue of anti-Islam film in the meeting of the UNO, adding that the government has lodged protest in front of US government. He said that the people who are organizing such kind of violent protests should tell the government which form of protest they want the government will move forward by following their advice. He said that the people present in diplomatic enclave are under the protection of Pakistani government, adding that it is the constitutional requirement to provide security. He said that we should have to make ourselves so strong that nobody can speak against us.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday said a judicial inquiry would be conducted to ascertain as to who brought the protestors in the capital.“Who brought the protestors after stuffing them into vehicles in the Red Zone whose number was ranging between 18 to 20 thousands?” the minister said while talking to the reporters at the Parade Avenue.He alleged that these protests were held on the behest of the Punjab government. He asserted the government would thoroughly probe into the matter and it would talk with the responsible ones of the Punjab government over its ‘dubious’ role.Rehman said despite a written request of the Islamabad Police, the Punjab government did not stop the protesters from entering into the capital.The minister also said the activists of banned organisations from Punjab also participated in the protest against anti-Islamic film that created law and order situation in the capital. Rehman said aerial surveillance would be conducted and the army called in today (Friday), if required.

۔وفاقی وزیر اطلاعات قمر زمان کائرہ نے کہا کہ مظاہرے میں شرکت کے لیے لوگ مری اور راولپنڈی سے آئے ، پنجاب حکومت نے مظاہروں کی پشت پناہی کی اور پنجاب پولیس نے کہیں بھی احتجاج کو نہیں روکا۔

انہوں نے کہا صورتحال نہایت افسوس ناک ہے اور پنجاب حکومت سہولت کار کا کام کر رہی ہے ۔املاک جلانا اور پتھراؤ کرنا احتجاج نہیں ،عوام فسادی عناصر سے ہوشیار رہیں،قومی یکجہتی دکھا کر زیادہ موثر احتجاج کیا جاسکتا ہے ۔قمر زمان کائرہ کا کہنا تھا کہ مظاہروں سے متعلق پنجاب حکومت کو آگاہ کیا تھا،ایک خاص مقصد کے تحت مظاہرین کو اسلام آباد میں اکٹھا کیا گیا۔انہوں نے سیاسی اور مذہبی جماعتوں سے پر امن مظاہرہ کرنے کی اپیل کی ہے ،صدر زرداری معاملے کو اقوام متحدہ میں اٹھائیں گے ۔
امریکی سفارتخانے کے ترجمان کا کہنا ہے کہ گستاخانہ فلم کی تیاری میں امریکی حکومت کا کوئی ہاتھ نہیں،حکومت پاکستان کی سیکیورٹی اطمینان بخش ہے ،

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ملک نے کہا ہے کہ عدالتی تحقیقات کرائیں گے کہ اسلام آباد میں احتجاج کیلئے کالعدم تنظیموں کے کارکن کون لایا۔ وزیر داخلہ نے مزیدکہا کہ اسلام آباد پولیس کی تحریری درخواست کے باوجود پنجاب حکومت نے مظاہرین کو نہیں روکا۔ پنجاب حکومت کے کردار پر سیکرٹری داخلہ اور چیف سیکرٹری سے بات کی جائے گی ۔انہوں نے بتایا کہ مظاہروں میں 40 کے قریب پولیس اہلکار زخمی ہوئے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ فوج الرٹ ہے اور ضرورت پڑنے پر فوج کو بلایا جا سکتا ہے ۔

Source: Daily Express

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