ISLAMABAD -  Hailing PTI chief Imran Khan’s decision to cancel Nov 2 protest and lockdown plan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said it was a ‘win-win’ situation for both the government and PTI.

“This is neither defeat nor victory of anyone but a victory of Pakistan and the future of Pakistani children,” Ch Nisar said addressing a press conference at Punjab House.

He appreciated that Chairman Imran Khan showed confidence on the Supreme Court and indicated that PTI would be allowed to hold a rally today (Wednesday) at Parade Ground in the light of Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision.

Nisar appreciated the role of Islamabad police, Punjab police, Frontier Constabulary and other law enforcement agencies for establishing the writ of the state during last some days. He apologised to the people of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and especially of Rawalpindi and Islamabad who had to face difficulties because of the blockades. The minister, however, said the government was helpless to place barricades as armed mob wanted to occupy Islamabad. He said government had no intention to stop any person of KP entering in Punjab or Islamabad.

Nisar accused that CM KP Pervez Khattak set a wrong tradition by leading a mob and this was dangerous for the future of the country. He pointed out the PTI was not the only party that represented Pashtoons in KP as ANP, JUI-F and PML-N also represented them. He also paid tributes to IHC and LHC for giving decisions to protect fundamental rights of the people in connection with PTI protest. “The government saved the capital from becoming battleground,” he said. Nisar said the stance of the prime minister before SC was same as it was six months ago.

Responding to a question, the interior minister said the inquiry committee to probe leaks of national security meeting would be formed in next three or four days. The committee would comprise three to four persons of impeccable character, besides representation of intelligence agencies to expose the real culprit behind leaked story, he said.

GOVT TO RESPECT SC DECISION, SAYS ASIF

INP adds: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the government will fully respect the decision of the Supreme Court regarding investigation into the Panama Papers.

Talking to the media persons outside the court in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said that the apex court during the hearing of Panama Papers petitions gave a loud message that it wants probe into the controversy.  Whatever course of action it now takes even if it constitutes the Commission, we will accept it, he said.

The Defence Minister reminded that the government had prayed the apex court six months ago about the formation of the Commission for investigation into matter. Therefore establishment of the Commission will be endorsement of the government’s point of view, he added.

Khawaja Asif said as the issue of Panama papers is before the court, there is no justification for the street protest. He said after the formation of the Commission, the government will also present details of the offshore companies owned by our opponents.