LAHORE: Several Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers speaking at a workers’ convention on Tuesday criticised Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan for creating anarchy in the country.
The event was held at Aiwan-i-Iqbal.
The speakers said the party would foil attempts aimed at usurping the public’s mandate. They said Khan was creating anarchy in the country to hide the failure of his Azadi March.
They said the people of Pakistan would protect democracy with their lives. They said it was time to discard agitational politics and focus on national development.
National Assembly Member Pervaiz Malik said the party had never taken reckless decisions and had always upheld the supremacy of the Constitution. He said the idea of a progressive and peaceful Pakistan was an anathema to those participating in protest demonstrations and marches. Malik said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had already dealt with some of Khan’s substantial demands by announcing the constitution of a Supreme Court commission to probe into his allegations. He said it was unfortunate that Khan was sticking to his undemocratic demands.
Adviser to Chief Minister (CM) Khwaja Ahmed Hassaan said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ruled ‘the hearts and the minds of the public.’ He said the few people who had been conspiring to hold the country hostage should realise that the public was standing behind the prime minister. Hassaan said the PML-N had never taken any unconstitutional steps and would not allow anyone to do so.
Adviser to Chief Minister on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique said some people had been destabilising the country at the behest of foreign powers. Rafique said the PML-N would foil their conspiracies.
Khawaja Imran Nazir said Khan celebrated during the day and retired to Banni Gala during the night leaving PTI workers to their own devices. He said Khan had been provoking PTI workers to the detriment of the country.
Jamia Naeemia patron-in-chief Maulana Raghib Naeemi said Pakistan needed a stable and mature democratic tradition and no one would be allowed to derail democracy.
Two resolutions supporting the party and its mandate were unanimously adopted at the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th,2014.