According to the ISPR a request had been made for the army’s deployment to the Red Zone for security reasons.
Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced that a decision had been taken to deploy the army in the Red Zone. “The army will assume security of the Red Zone within the next few hours,” Nisar said, adding that a formal request was made in this regard.
Nisar added army troops will guard key buildings located in the Constitutional Avenue.
Television footage showed army being deployed at important buildings in the Red Zone including the Parliament and Prime Minister Secretariat.
The decision was taken after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) announced that they would be holding sit-ins in the Red Zone.