Rangers, FC to be deployed outside Parliament Lodges

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Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced that Rangers and FC personnel will be deployed at the Parliament Lodges and MNA hostels to avoid an incident similar to yesterday.

He reiterated that no “private militia of any party will be allowed to take the law into their hands”.

The statement comes a day after members of JUI-F volunteer group Ansarul Islam made their way inside Parliament Lodges and were later forced out in Islamabad Police operation.

The incident led to both the ruling party and the opposition blaming each other for the use of force.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Friday, Rashid regretted the incident that took place at the Parliament Lodges yesterday.

He reminded that Ansarul Islam is a banned outfit.

“Our police personnel were injured in the incident but no MNA was arrested besides nobody was booked under anti-terrorism law,” he said.

“We are ready to provide more security to the opposition members,” he said adding that the opposition parties do not have enough support to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan in a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly.

“The opposition now wants to sabotage the motion through some sort of rumpus,” he alleged.

The interior minister asked the JUI-F Chief Fazlur Rehman to refrain from using the students of seminaries for political purposes.

Sheikh Rashid said Prime Minister Imran Khan has given a sovereign foreign policy.

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