Meeting condemns attacks on State symbols; Interior Ministry asked to utilise all resources:
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday presided over a high level meeting in Islamabad to discuss current situation in the country especially in Islamabad.
Federal ministers Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Saad Rafique and Pervaiz Rashid also attended the meeting.
Sources a report on the last night violence in Islamabad was also presented in the meeting that disused future course of action to normalise the situation.
The meeting also reviewed Javed Hashmi's disclosures about Imran Khan, sources said. At least three persons were killed and around 500 people have been wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn.
The violence, which began late Saturday and continued early Sunday, erupted after people marched from parliament to the prime minister's house, where some attempted to remove barricades around it with cranes. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Sunday condemned the attack on symbols of state by two political parties and regarded it as undemocratic and unconstitutional.
It was maintained that the government adopted the path of negotiations but was betrayed and an invasion was made despite prior commitment by these parties.
It was also agreed that this undemocratic onslaught should be withdrawn and parties should come back to the negotiation table, said a press release issued by the Press Wing of the PM's Office.
The Ministry of Interior was directed to utilize all resources to ensure protection of state institutions without loss of life.
The steps taken by police and security forces to defend and defeat such acts were appreciated.
The Prime Minister, in agreement with the proposals of Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah and Leader of the Opposition in Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, decided to convene joint session of parliament on Tuesday (September 2).
The meeting condemned few unauthorized acts of violence against media, which resulted in injuries and damage to their equipment.
The Prime Minister directed Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage to start immediate investigation into these incidents and promptly ensure verified compensation mechanism.
The meeting at the PM's House was attended by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq.
The prime minister expressed the determination that no one will be allowed to play with dignity of the parliament and supremacy of the constitution.
The meeting praised police for successfully protecting the state institution and pushing back the protestors.
It is reminded here that three people were killed and more than 500 were wounded in heavy police shelling on demonstrators as they tried to march toward Prime Minister House. - Online