No #19

The Financial Daily - - CONTINUATIONS -

un­der Ar­ti­cle 245 to ful­fill its re­spon­si­bil­ity and up­hold de­ci­sion of the Supreme Court. Few thou­sand pro­tes­tors wanted to im­pose their will on democ­racy and rule of law in­clud­ing res­ig­na­tion of Prime Min­is­ter and Chief Min­is­ter Punjab, he added. He said no govern­ment in fu­ture would work if tra­di­tion of gath­er­ing peo­ple in the cap­i­tal and prac­tice of mak­ing women as hu­man shield con­tinue, adding such things are not ac­cept­able in a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety. In­te­rior Min­is­ter said Imran Khan was not ac­cept­ing the govern­ment of­fer of a com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate rig­ging al­le­ga­tions, jirga of ally par­ties and par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee for re­solv­ing the is­sue peace­fully. He said govern­ment had al­ready ac­cepted five de­mands of Imran Khan and one de­mand of res­ig­na­tion was made con­di­tional to find­ings of the com­mis­sion. He ques­tioned how could Prime Min­is­ter re­sign with­out ver­i­fi­ca­tion of al­le­ga­tions. In­te­rior Min­is­ter said it was re­spon­si­bil­ity of the govern­ment to pro­tect life and prop­erty of peo­ple and warned that pro­tes­tors would be re­spon­si­ble if any mishap hap­pened.

The min­is­ter said the lead­er­ship of Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) and Pak­istan Awami Tehreek (PAT) had given im­pres­sion that they had con­fi­dence in Pak­istan Army.

He said the lead­er­ship of PTI and PAT needed dead bod­ies for giv­ing thrust to their pol­i­tics. Both were us­ing the name of Pak­istan Army while the fact is that Pak­istan Army was nei­ther in­ter­ested in ar­bi­tra­tion nor of­fered their ser­vices for me­di­a­tion, he added. He said Pak­istan Army is non-po­lit­i­cal and urged both par­ties not to in­dulge it in coun­try's pol­i­tics. The In­te­rior Min­is­ter said agenda of the protest­ing par­ties is to do away with democ­racy through un­con­sti­tu­tional de­mands. Pro­test­ers were de­mand­ing the dis­so­lu­tion of the as­sem­blies which is un­con­sti­tu­tional, he added. Nisar said pro­test­ers were al­lowed by the govern­ment to record their protest in a demo­cratic way but when they were in­formed about their lim­its they started to use un­law­ful ways to force their de­mands. He said these peo­ple are us­ing chil­dren and women as hu­man shield to en­force their de­mands. He said there are 2,500 women, 180 chil­dren and 20 tod­dlers in the sit-in.

He said the pro­test­ers are also us­ing dif­fer­ent tac­tics like wear­ing shrouds and dig­ging graves to en­force their agenda which is re­gret­table. The min­is­ter said that the govern­ment had showed tol­er­ance and it would con­tinue to dis­play re­straint in the com­ing days. He also urged me­dia houses to re­view their poli­cies re­gard­ing cov­er­age of protest of PTI and PAT. To a ques­tion, he said there is no ten­sion be­tween the govern­ment and the army. To an­other ques­tion, he said it was only spec­u­la­tion that army had asked to deal with the for­eign pol­icy re­lated is­sues. "Mil­i­tary not even hinted and the is­sue was not even on the ta­ble." The min­is­ter said he will ap­proach the court so that protest ral­lies are not held in the Red Zone in fu­ture. Nisar said two pres­i­dents of friendly coun­tries have can­celled their vis­its to Pak­istan. The min­is­ter said Pres­i­dent of China would visit Pak­istan and sign bil­lion dol­lar projects. - APP

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