Govt mulls carrot-and-stick policy to deal with protesters

Decides to deal with protesters with iron hand: Says also ready for talks

By: News Desk      Published: 03:24 PM, 13 Apr, 2021
Govt mulls carrot-and-stick policy to deal with protesters
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The government has decided to deal with an iron hand the protesters of a religious party who have brought to standstill traffic in several major cities and highways to protest the detention of their leader; stranding thousands of commuters – women, elderly and children, endangering lives of coronavirus patients, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The Interior Ministry convened a high-level meeting under the chair of Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Tuesday. Top brass of Punjab authorities were also in attendance and the meeting decided to deal with the protesters with iron hand.

Moreover, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri told 24NewsHD TV channel that the government is ready to negotiate with the religious group.

In the Interior Ministry high-level huddle, the Punjab IGP and others participated.

The participants agreed to deal with the protesters strictly making no compromise with those who would take law into their hands.

The Punjab Police and administration are being tasked to clear the roads for traffic flow. 

Sources said the interior minister will present the cities report to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the final decision will be taken by the premier.

The protest by religious party workers has brought life to a standstill in several major cities of the province where protesters and police are in a continuous effort to block and open the highways respectively since Monday evening.