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