Civil-mil huddle agree to handle PTI ‘gang of miscreants’ with iron fist


The civil and military leadership decided to take down the PTI’s ongoing violence filled protest movement, terming the party “a gang of miscreants trained by banned organisations rather than a political party” and vowing to proceed against it as per law.

The huddles decided to take stern action against the protesting leaders and workers of the PTI who, when Imran Khan was supposed to appear before a court hearing the Toshakhana case, “brutally beat police personnel, set official vehicles on fire, used petrol bombs against police and created unrest”.

The first meeting, chaired by PM Shehbaz Sharif, was attended by ministers and representatives of ruling coalition partners and lasted around five hours. The second meeting, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told the media on Monday night, lasted an hour and was also attended by Chief of Army Staff Gen Asim Munir and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum.

The decision was taken at an important meeting of the leaders of allied parties and federal ministers in Islamabad, with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair.

The leaders of allied parties expressed complete confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister.

They said it is a matter of grave concern that trained miscreants, many of them belonging to banned organizations, attacked officers and personnel of state institutions with petrol bombs, sticks, catapults and weapons.

The allied parties leaders said such behaviour in no way is constitutional, legal, democratic and political.

The meeting expressed solidarity with officers and Jawans of state institutions and lauded their sense of duty.

The leaders decided to call a joint session of the Parliament tomorrow to take important decisions for ensuring writ of the state.

The participants also severely condemned the campaign on social media and outside the country against state institutions, especially against the army chief. They urged Pakistanis living abroad not to become part of such nefarious agenda.

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