Use of force against PTI protesters
NOWSHERA: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Thursday vowed to take legal action against the interior minister, secretary interior and government officials for torture and use of force against the peaceful protesters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on September 1.
Talking to reporters here, the chief minister said that he would file a case against the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, secretary interior, inspector general of Punjab Police and Commandant Frontier Constabulary for use of brutal force against the peaceful protesters.
He said that the use of brutal force against non-violent protesters was against the law and a conspiracy to create a division among the federating units. “The action was an attempt to pitch the Pakhtuns and Punjabis against each other and promote provincialism to hide their weaknesses,” he said.
Pervez Khattak said that this conveyed a wrong message to the people and was aimed at creating divisions among the provinces. He claimed that the interior minister had accepted using force against the innocent protesters.
He asked Chaudhry Nisar to explain under which law the roads were blocked and use of force and teargas was allowed against peaceful protesters.
Rejecting the allegations of locking down Islamabad, he said that they had no intention or plan to stage a sit-in protest or lockdown the capital. “We were just going to Banigla to meet our leader and party Chairman Imran but the rulers misguided the people by misinterpreting our actions and closed down the country,” he added.
He said that the government exaggerated the situation and used it as a pretext to use violence against the PTI workers.
Clarifying his statement about the FC, he said that he had just said that the FC was a provincial force and its use against the protesters was not right. “I questioned the legitimacy behind the use of FC against the protesters. We are not raising the issue for politics,” he explained. He said that the corrupt rulers interpret the law according to their will and wishes.
“They only accept the law that protects them from any legal action and hide their corrupt practices. They use the law as a cover for killing and torturing people and to restrict the movement of people,” he added.He also demanded the superior judiciary to take suo-moto notice of the use of violence against the peaceful protesters.
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