Security of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan has been strengthened in response to the recent events in the country.
Due to the intensified situation in Pakistan in recent days, the government took control of all roads leading to the diplomatic town that hosts the embassy of Azerbaijan and also restricted the entry and exit to ensure the safety of diplomatic missions accredited to the country, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Dashgin Shikarov told Trend on Tuesday.
The embassy warned Azerbaijani citizens temporarily residing in the country, about the danger and urged them to be vigilant. If any danger occurs they can call the embassy's hotline numbers 051 2600703 and 051 2600704, Shikarov said.
At present, 35 Azerbaijani families are registered on the embassy's consular record. However, Shikarov did not rule out that the real number may be slightly higher, as many citizens reside in the regions of the country and are not listed in the consular register.
This morning Pakistani security forces started shooting into the air and used batons to disperse opposition members of the 'million-man march' in the centre of Islamabad, headed by the leader of the Islamic movement Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran Tahir-ul-Qadri, ITAR-TASS said on Tuesday citing the country's local television.
The protesters resisted police attempts to arrest Qadri by throwing stones at them. According to preliminary data, six protesters were injured.
Qadri stated that if by 11 am local time the federal government of Pakistan and the provincial government, who "depleted the trust of Pakistanis," does not resign, the scale of demonstrations will increase.
According to the leader of the Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran, the People's Parliament must come to the rule in the country for 'fundamental reform of the feudal and corrupt political system', which will hold talks with the military and the courts about the future form of government.
Tens of thousands of Qadri supporters are planning to break the so-called red zone, where the residences of the president, prime minister, foreign minister, interior ministry, parliament, the Supreme Court and the diplomatic enclave are located in Islamabad. Security forces said they will take all necessary measures to stop the protesters, who 'are planning something similar in Islamabad to what took place at Egypt's Tahrir Square'./Trend/