PM Nawaz won’t resign: Dar

Finance minister terms PTI demand ‘unconstitutional’

Shahbaz Rana August 07, 2014


As he sought broader political support to increase economic stability on Wednesday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar ruled out the possibility of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quitting the office and termed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) demand ‘unconstitutional’.

“The resignation of the prime minister is out of the question and the demand [that he do so] is unconstitutional,” he said in response to a question regarding threats to his party’s government from PTI’s planned ‘Azadi March’. The minister was talking to reporters at a news conference called to showcase the country’s economic performance in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) first year in power.

Dar was the first senior PML-N leader to respond to PTI’s demand that Prime Minister Nawaz resign and hold fresh elections. PTI has planned a sit-in in Islamabad to force the government to accept its demands. “The march is nothing less than a drama,” said a visibly perturbed Dar. “It is preposterous to think that someone, who gathers 50,000 people in the capital, will force the government to hand over control of the state.”

According to the minister, save for two or three factions, all political parties were united and agreed that the parliamentary system should not be derailed. He expressed hope that “sense would prevail among protesting parties at the end of the day” and they would join hands with the government to save the system.

Dar, who was also elected as the chairman of the parliamentary panel on electoral reforms on Wednesday, said the government was serious about reforming the electoral system and had involved even those parties which were planning protests in finalising the committee’s terms of reference.

The minister also stressed that the government would welcome protests as long as they remained peaceful and within the ambit of law and the Constitution.

Meanwhile, talking about the economy, Dar said the country had experienced a turnaround during PML-N’s first year in power.

However, he cautioned that any ‘political adventure’ would reverse the process. The minister said international investment rating agency Moody’s has termed domestic political stability a precondition for upgrading Pakistan’s rating.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2014.


mahmuod husain | 7 years ago | Reply Nawaz sharif should quit 1 year ago,his policies are not in the intrust of pakistani people and Govt.due to his bad polcies,people of pakistan are suffering many problems,such as social and financial.A massive amount of budget is spending on the wrong unnecessary developments projects which are totally floped,such as nandipura power projects,metro service,motorways,3G,4G Mobile,billion Dollars on Laptops,where as only 30%people are literate, even lot of other development projects where the billion of dollars are going bad sectors,where as these are not the basic needs of pakistani people,the basic needs of pakistani people is self residence,water,gas,electricity and other basic requirements of the life.according to my observations many Govt employees are also suffering many difficulties due to non maintaining home budgets,their childrens are also in difficulties to maintaine their education planes and even then kids toys.Mr.Dar the Fin.Minister and their cabinet prepare the fiscal budget 2014-15 shows that they are not aware of this community where a common mans normal monthly expenses are minimal one lac and they get just Rs.10000 to Rs.30000,there is a 30 years service length who is getting 30000,so how can they survive.The Labour is also leading miserable circumstances.Online surveys also shows that 70% people of Pakistan are leading substandard life.So what are the Govt.policies???????? PLEASE IF POSSIBLE SEND ME PUBLISHING DATE Regards Mahmuod Husain
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