Islamabad on high alert, Army standby, JUI-F’s march reaches capital from all over the country

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LAHORE: Pakistan’s federal capital is on alert as anti-government demonstrators belonging to Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Islam (JUI-F) and other opposition parties march toward the city with the stated objective of toppling the government.
Authorities have sealed off diplomatic enclave, placing shipping containers in different parts of the city to block main thoroughfares and entrance routes to manage the incoming protestors who are likely to arrive in Islamabad today.
The country’s interior ministry held a meeting here on Wednesday to discuss the protest rally and devise a strategy to deal with it.

LAHORE: Oct30- A large number of Jamiat Ulema Islam-F activists are present at Azadi Chowk Interchange as Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, chief of JUI-F decided to hold an anti-government long march to Islamabad, in provincial capital.

The official gathering, which brought together representatives of various law enforcement agencies and security forces, decided to use the police as the first line of defense while adding that it would get requisite support from the Rangers, if required.
The meeting also made it clear that the city’s Red Zone that houses Diplomatic Enclave and various government installations would constitute a no-go area for the protestors.
The Islamabad Traffic Police also released route maps for the residents of the federal capital, hoping to make it somewhat convenient for them to move around the heavily barricaded city.
Earlier in the day, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman addressed a big gathering in Pakistan’s second largest city, Lahore, before resuming his march to Islamabad.

LAHORE: Oct30- A large number of Jamiat Ulema Islam-F activists are present at Azadi Chowk Interchange as Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, chief of JUI-F decided to hold an anti-government long march to Islamabad, in provincial capital.

Rehman claimed every Pakistani was concerned about the government’s policies, adding that doctors, traders and teachers were out on the streets to protest against the current administration. He continued that people were suffering due to enduring price hikes, adding that Pakistan’s economic graph had nose-dived and its financial situation looked bleak.
“It is not a protest, it is not a march, and it is not a sit-in,” he said while explaining the anti-government agitation. “It is a movement: A movement for the rights of the masses and to get rid of the IMF [International Monetary Fund] agents … Every Pakistani supports this movement.” “Azadi [freedom] March is the voice of every oppressed soul in Pakistan,” he continued.