‘Strict action’ will be taken if agreement is violated: PM warns marchers

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan warned participants of the Azadi March on Tuesday that strict action would be taken against them if the terms of the agreement signed between them and the government are violated.

According to a report in The Express Tribune, the prime minister presided over a meeting of the federal cabinet where he was informed about the negotiations with the Rahbar Committee.

The Rahbar Committee and the government had agreed that participants of the march would not cross the Red Zone in Islamabad. No demand for the prime minister’s resignation was made neither did the committee tell the government that the objective of the march was to topple the government.

“We will not create hurdles if the march remains peaceful and within the legal boundaries … however, strict action will be taken if the agreement is violated,” said Prime Minister Khan.

The report mentioned that sources close to the prime minister said that he was adamant that no one would be given an NRO nor will the government make a secret deal to waive off corruption cases.

The report further mentioned that there was a tense moment between Fawad Chaudhry and Firdous Ashiq Awan. When the special assistant to the prime minister said that some ministers had harshly criticized the PEMRA directives on anchorperson which led to the speculation that they were in the opposition, Chaudhry quipped: “Real embarrassment is caused when decisions are retracted within hours.”

Prime Minister Khan is also said to have restrained PTI leaders from issuing statements against Nawaz Sharif’s health.