ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad Monday said no seminary student or banned Ansar ul Islam militia would be allowed to participate in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) protest before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The ECP was a constitutional institution and the government would not let anyone to intimidate it, he said while addressing here a news conference.
The minister warned the Ansar-ul-Islam members of action if they were spotted in the protest donning uniforms with battons.
“We (the authorities) will keep a close eye on the protesters to ascertain if any Madrasa (seminary) student were brought by the PDM leadership. The Ulema and religious scholars should better comply with the law and avoid using their students for politicking, which is even against the sanctity of their stature.”
He said the Madaris (seminaries) were the torchbearers (minarets) of Islam and they had great esteem for them. They should not be used for political gains.
He said he chaired a meeting to take stock of the law and order situation, which might arise due to the PDM’s protest in the Federal Capital on Tuesday. The chief secretaries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab also attended the meeting.