After the PTI announced that it will protest outside the Governor’s House, the federal government took severe action.
The federal government ordered the paramilitary Rangers, who work under the federal interior ministry, to station themselves outside Lahore’s Governor House on Wednesday in order to defend it from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf demonstrators (PTI).
The federal government ordered the Punjab chapter of the Rangers to deploy “sufficient” strength for protection of the Governor House on Wednesday amid political chaos in the province caused by the vote of no confidence against Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and attempts by the PTI to dissolve the provincial assembly.
The notification instructed the Punjab Rangers Director General to increase security surrounding the Governor’s House in collaboration with Governor House. It was issued by the Rangers Section officer Shoukat Ali Khan in Islamabad.
In accordance with Sections 7 and 10 of the Pakistan Rangers Ordinance 1959, the federal ministry ordered Rangers to station troops to secure the Lahore Governor’s House.
The operation will continue until additional instructions.
According to sources, the federal government took the action to prevent any unfavourable incidents since political tensions in Punjab are on the verge of erupting due to the dissolution of the provincial assembly and the motions to vote for or against the chief minister of Punjab, Pervez Elahi.
According to sources, the Interior Ministry has urged law enforcement agencies and elected politicians in Punjab to uphold the law and avoid taking sides.