PTI will not forgive if August 13 protest turns violent, says interior minister

Home Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday warned the PTI of “worst repercussions” if its protesters resort to violence, create chaos or engage in blackmail during the party’s next protest on August 13 at the Hockey Ground in Lahore.

“Remember that you will be allowed to hold peaceful protests […] it is your constitutional right […] but if you use violence or threaten and blackmail [the government] then there will be repercussions worse than May 25 […] we are prepared for it,” he said.

Sanaullah was referring to the party’s long march to the capital earlier this year when his supporters dislodged containers placed to impede their advances and braved tear gas bombardments to somehow reach the D- Chowk in the capital.

His statement comes a day after PTI chairman Imran Khan said he would announce a strategy to “counter fascism” from the coalition parties.

Speaking to reporters in Faisalabad today, Sanaullah hit back at the former prime minister and accused him of constantly changing his plans which he said reflected the fact that he did not know what to do next .

“Now he called a jalsa and said an ultimatum would be given,” the minister said. “[He will issue an] ultimatum for what? To call an election? But what happened to your drive to remove the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)?

Betty K. Park