Law Minister Rana Mashhood said on Wednesday that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s demand regarding the establishment of a technocratic government was ‘a slap in the face of democratic forces.’
He said the government had received credible reports regarding the deployment of two target killers planning to attack the PTI’s Azadi March at the Grand Trunk Road. Mashhood said Khan’s demand for a technocratic government had revealed his desire to usurp power. He said the nation had disregarded Khan’s demand and had continued to support democracy. Mashhood said the prime minister had announced the establishment of a judicial commission on Khan’s allegations of electoral rigging. He said Khan should approach the commission for justice.
He said Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri wanted to spread anarchy in the country and had asked his supporters to attack law enforcement agencies. The minister said the government would not allow Qadri to hold an ‘anarchy march.’ Mashood said the PTI should brief the public regarding the reasons behind Javed Hashmi and Hamid Khan’s disillusionment with the party. He said Lahore High Court had directed the government to remove ‘unnecessary’ barricades only. He said several surveys had deemed the last general elections as free and fair.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2014.
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