ISLAMABAD: Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik has called upon the political forces and the participants of the Long March to hold direct dialogue with the government for selecting a venue away from the constitution avenue keeping in view the prevailing situation in the country.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Saturday, he said the government wills expend all facilities to the Long Marchers in case they select a new venue and hoped the organizers will pay heed to their request. He said the constitution avenue houses many important buildings and the government can not allow the long marchers to paralyze the whole government machinery.
Rehman Malik said there is credible information of targeted killing, series of explosions and attacks on important installations during the long march. He said this information has been passed on the law enforcement agencies as well as the PML (N) leadership to abreast them with the actual situation.
The Advisor said the country can not afford long March at this critical juncture and appealed to the participants of the Long March to forsake the Long March plan in the best national interest. He asked them to resolve the matter through dialogue as the long march and sit-in is not a solution to any problem. He said at a time when the enemies of Pakistan are out to destabilize the country, long March will not serve any purpose
The Interior Advisor said the civil society members, traders and many other people of the capital have also written to the Interior Ministry not to allow any procession in Islamabad as they believe this will bring only destruction and not resolve the matter.
Responding to a question, Rehman Malik said sufficient security arrangements have been made for the security of Sharif brothers and said they are satisfied with the arrangements. Responding to another question, he said he has nothing to do with the blockage of the transmission of a private channel.-SANA