PM Shehbaz chairing a federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad on October 11, 2022. PID

PM Shehbaz chairing a federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad on October 11, 2022. PID 
  • The government has set aside Rs410 million as part of a government strategy to steal a march on the PTI. 
  • The money will be used to buy teargas shells and manage the logistics of the troops and shipping containers. 
  • Imran Khan said he will announce the long march soon.

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet approved a supplementary grant worth Rs410 million for the Interior Ministry to secure Islamabad ahead of the PTI’s potential long march and sit-in and to maintain law and order during the impending protest.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet on Tuesday. The federal interior minister briefed the meeting about the government’s measures to uphold the law and order situation in the federal capital during the PTI’s protest.

As Imran Khan is on the verge of announcing the protest movement against the government, the cabinet discussed ways to contain the escalating political confrontation in the country. The interior ministry has already amassed shipping containers to secure vital spots in the federal capital. Thousands of law-enforcers from police, paratroopers and the FC have arrived from around the country to ward off the PTI’s supporters from entering Islamabad.

The funds will be used to purchase teargas shells, mobilise law-enforcers and provide shipping containers.

The federal cabinet also condemned the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Punjab for issuing an arrest warrant against Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah. The interior minister said ACE Punjab submitted incorrect documents to obtain an arrest warrant.

The members discussed several other critical political issues, including the alleged cypher conspiracy and the ongoing probe into audio leaks.

The federal cabinet also approved an energy conservation plan during the meeting.

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