ISLAMABAD: Federal minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the government wants to vacate D-Chowk peacefully and without hurting any person, says in media reports.

While addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday night, he said if protesters do not disperse in next one hour then operation will be launched today Wednesday in daylight to vacate the D-Chowk in the presence of media.  “The D-Chowk would be evacuated on Wednesday in front of you so that you can cover as to who is using women and children as their human shield,” Nisar stated. He said that police personnel and officers have been ordered to remain unarmed while taking action against the protesters.

The interior minister said that the city’s administration and Karachi’s senior persons are currently holding talks with the protesting religious leaders in a bid to persuade them to end their sit-in. However, he said that the violent protesters who damaged the government’s property would be taken to task.

“The protesters who damaged the government’s property would be arrested and legal action would be taken against them,” Nisar warned. Earlier, federal government had deployed thousands of police and paramilitary forces after giving protesters a two-hour ultimatum to end their sit-in.