ISLAMABAD    -  The federal government on Tuesday decided to deploy Pakistan Army in the capital city’s Red Zone to stop the entry of protestors in the high se­curity area, in case for­mer prime minister Im­ran Khan leads a PTI long march on the capital to seek early elections.

The government also decided that protestors would not be allowed to enter the capital city at any cost.

These decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan at the Min­istry of Interior. The pri­mary purpose of the meet­ing was to review the law and order situation and to finalise a strategy to stop the marchers entering into Islamabad, according to the official sources in the interior ministry.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has announced to hold a long march on Is­lamabad to press the gov­ernment to hold early elec­tions, but he has yet to give a final date of the protest. It is likely that the march will finally convert into a sit-in once the protesters reach their final destination—the capital of Pakistan. In a re­cent interview, Khan has said that only few people close to him knew about the de­tails of their plan. The meet­ing at the interior ministry decided that the security of all important buildings and the diplomatic enclave, lo­cated in the Red Zone would be handed over to the Paki­stan Army during the protest march. For this purpose, the army troops would be called out under Article 245 of the Constitution to assist the civil administration in maintain­ing law and order in the fed­eral capital. It was also decid­ed in the meeting that Sindh Police, and paramilitary troops including Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) would be requisitioned to assist the Islamabad Police during the protest.