ISLAMABAD    -    Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan on Wednesday hinted at im­position of Governor’s rule in those provinces that will support PTI’s expected long march.

He also ruled out any possibility of talks with Chairman PTI Imran Khan saying that no one could negotiate with him due to his attitude.

The minister gave the hint of imposition of Gover­nor’s rule after ex-premier Khan announced to launch his ‘Haqeeqi Azadi’ Cam­paign from Saturday. Be­fore this, the PTI chief had told his supporters that he would give a protest call at the end of September if the coalition government did not announce snap polls.

Talking to reporters after addressing a consultation workshop on human traffick­ing organized by the Unit­ed Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Rana Sanaullah, while referring to the Punjab and Khyber Pa­khtunkhwa (KP) that are ruled by PTI, said that that the provinces supporting the long march would have to face consequence as this was violation of the Constitution.

He said the Constitution gives this power to the gov­ernment. He further said a summary recommend­ing the exercise of the pow­er will be submitted to the cabinet and the prime min­ister — a clear reference to the imposition of Gov­ernor’s rule. The minister underlined that strong ac­tion would be taken against participants of the PTI long march if they attempted to come towards D-Chowk. The protestors can assem­ble at F-9 Park or some oth­er places as specified by the apex court, he also said.

On the other hand, the federal government tight­ened security around the Red Zone and entry and exit points of Islamabad as a pre-emptive measure if Khan gives a call for a long march. The Islamabad Po­lice have sought police per­sonnel from provinces and paramilitary forces to deal with any PTI’s expected pro­test, according to an official of the Ministry of Interior.

A contingent of 20,000 personnel has been sought from Punjab, 4,000 from KP while 6,000 personnel have been asked from Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC), the official added.