ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet has directed the Interior Division to submit viable proposals to deal with mob control amicably and avoid economic losses as a result of containers’ seizure.
Once the division submits proposals, the ECC will consider those to formulate the latest technologies and techniques for the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) to deal with future demonstrations.
The latest techniques will replace the decades-old practice of seizing containers by the LEAs.
Sources told this scribe that the new move followed the sit-in of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in the federal capital and seizure of containers that disrupted business activities across the country.
They said this proposal was earlier discussed in the ECC meeting that decided the interior division should submit viable proposals for consideration of the ECC.
According to the sources, the ECC had earlier approved Rs100 million under the head of technical supplementary grant to meet the government expenditures on JUI-F’s sit-in. After ECC’s approval, the cabinet’s approval was solicited, they added.
The federal cabinet has now approved Rs100 million to meet the expenditures concerning the sit-in.
However, members of the federal cabinet have raised concerns over such spending through government grants and suggested that LEAs should be equipped with the techniques of mob control instead of seizing the containers.
The Azadi March of JUI-F that began from Karachi on October 27, 2019, to oust the government and reached Islamabad after covering various big cities of Sindh and Punjab, was ended without any outcome.
The two-week show in the federal capital kept the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government engaged in ensuring the safety of participants and public property by placing a good number of rented containers and deploying thousands of LEA personnel in and around the venue.