No #23

The Financial Daily - - CONTINUATIONS -

meet­ing had not taken place, the army still was to play its role as it had ear­lier given a loud and clear mes­sage through ISPR for pro­tect­ing the na­tional build­ings on Con­sti­tu­tion Av­enue.

He said Imran Khan and Dr Qadri were ex­ag­ger­at­ing the de­tails of their meet­ing with army chief and were wrongly giv­ing im­pres­sion of the army's role as a me­di­a­tor. Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif said po­lit­i­cal par­ties can sac­ri­fice their gov­ern­ments but do not com­pro­mise on their prin­ci­ples.

"I can sac­ri­fice my ten gov­ern­ments, but not my prin­ci­ples," he said. He said he had made a prom­ise with Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party leader late Be­nazir Bhutto for pro­tect­ing democ­racy in the coun­try.

He men­tioned the speech by leader of Op­po­si­tion in Na­tional Assem­bly Khur­sheed Shah for sup­port­ing democ­racy and said his state­ment was close to his heart. Sharif said the ide­ol­ogy of Khur­sheed Shah and se­nior leader Mehmood Achakzai about democ­racy was very strong and his own prin­ci­ples were not less stronger. He vowed to up­hold supremacy of the Con­sti­tu­tion and not to de­vi­ate from the res­o­lu­tion passed by the Par­lia­ment for strength­en­ing democ­racy.

"I have taken oath of the Con­sti­tu­tion, and will re­spect and com­ply with each and ev­ery word of the res­o­lu­tion passed by the par­lia­ment in favour of con­tin­u­a­tion of democ­racy," he said. - APP

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