QUETTA: Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai has said his party will launch countrywide processions to defend the democratic system, while expressing solidarity with the government.
The government-allied leader made the announcement during a crowded news conference at the Quetta Press Club on Sunday. He criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri for trying to derail democracy.
“My party will start protest demonstrations and political gatherings to mobilise people in Balochistan. Majority of the people are against the ongoing sit-in launched by PTI and PAT in Islamabad,” he said.
Achakzai said the processions would be peaceful and within the constitutional framework.
He suggested a political front comprising Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), PkMAP, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazl (JUI-F), Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Nationalist Party (NP) and other political parties be formed to show that the people of Pakistan are backing the democratic process.
“There is a need to answer the people who have been protesting in Islamabad. They are a minority, and the way they are protesting is not justified and unconstitutional,” he said.
The PkMAP took out a procession in Quetta on Saturday and Achakzai said they will hold more political gatherings in coming days.
“I would support Imran Khan if his demands were justified and constitutional. But they are not,” he said.
Achakzai said the country's economy is hurting due to the ongoing sit-in in Islamabad. “The protest is negatively impacting the economy, while the stock exchange is gradually collapsing. Many heads of friendly countries have suspended their visits to Pakistan.
"Imran and Qadri are making a mockery of this country,” he said, adding, that Imran wants to attain constitutional status through an unconstitutional manner.
In response to a question, Achakzai said he is supporting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif because he wants to strengthen democratic set up. “Democracy is the only solution to all issues in Pakistan. We will not let anyone insult the Constitution,” Achakzai said.
Responding to another question regarding IDPs in North Waziristan, Achakzai said it is sad that their houses were destroyed. “I have never seen or witnessed, in any part of the world, people being asked to evacuate areas because some thieves had taken shelter there. The devastation of houses is the worst thing to happen in Pashtun culture,” he said.
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@Malik Achakzai: Correction. Achakzai was (or was seen to be) a man of principals but not any more after selling himself for a governorship and a few minstries for his family. Yes he stood against Musharraf but he also stood against the "Punjabi Establishment" all his life with whom he has struck a deal this time to enjoy power
Looooooooooooosers....defiantly not in favor of transparency and betterment of people
I will be amazed if he can gather more then 100 people.
It is now clear that Mush is funding the anarchy spread by Imran Khan and Qadri through his agents, as admitted by his party and also his henchman Ahmad Raza Kashuri in an interview with a news channel. Mush must be distributing BMW's among his loyal agents for support through the money he has stashed after looting Pakistan during his dictatorship.
@murad malik: Anybody talking sense is booed down. Achakzai we punjabis are with you. What IK or TuQ are talking all nonsense. IK 's PTI has failed to look after the rain hit and flood affected people there while the party chief is yelling for undemocratic steps.
Mr Achakzai is in Pakistan's politics since long. He did not make any meaningful contribution towards his people or the country and mostly sided with the status quo. He found present situation to do point scoring and make his presence felt.
Who is this man? Never see him before.
I thought about achakzai is balance politician but this new stance with MNS has proven he is equally involved in all kinds of frauds.Fraud by such is now is art with politicians.
whatever little respect left with Achakzai will be gone,what all wrong going on in Balochistan today this khan is involved.
We the residents of KPK are unluky. IK can make our province a model one but he didn't. I the name of development, the practice of cook backs,commision and nepotism could not be finished. To save his face IK is dancing i Islamabad. Shame for the foolish youngsters of KPK who partake in IK's this Juggalry.
@Pakistani: It does not matter 4 or 32 seats. Now the rule is whosoever brings big crowd on the road he should have the power. Who cares for constitution or parliament!
He has eight members of his family in the government and assemblies and what else could be a better way to make easy money?? Hence his love for "democracy" is understandable.
Achakzai is just another beacon of family politics n corruption. No regards for people like him!!! People whose politics revolves around his interests n family needs to be crushed once n for all. They hav destroyed this country for more 70 years.
@RKM: Achakzai is the man of principles who's never bowed before any dictator. RKM please you make me laugh having a blame on Achakzai. Otherwise IK and TQ were in Musharaf team. When Achakzai was the only opposition to Musharaf through out Musharaf era!
can only laugh on this ...
@Zaida Parvez: Exactly! Mr. Achakzi is talking a lot of sense! He is the becon of parliment today and had the moral courage to stabs up to blackmailers like IK and TuQ .
He has sold himself to the Punjabi establishment.
Mr.Achakzi...first give democratic right to your people...before talking of democracy..
Achakzai has got eight members of his family in the government / assemblies. His eagerness to save the "system" is understandable. Who would like to give away a source of easy and hefty money so easily !!??
I hope Pakistanis realize what a destructive force Imran Khan is. Mr.Achakzai is the wisest man today in Pakistan. Listen to him.
Mr. Achakzai is the important stakeholder as his whole family is in the government, like brother governor, himself enjoying the perks of a senior adviser etc. I though you wanted DEMOCRACY in the country you showed your true face just like everyone else in difficult times and when their personal interest is at stake.
Mind your own business which is nothing. LOL
The usual problem with PTI trolls - being self righteous without ever having proven that they have done anything right. Had a golden opportunity to prove itself in KPK but blew it.
Achakzai has betrayed Pakhtuns.
His party got 2 lakh vote.. LOLLL pti got 76 lakh vote...Bhai thumhara givernor balochistan..that is why u sold urself.. shame on u...
Support your thug friends! Shame on you!
I mean seriously... the day you see the Sharif Bros. and co. talking about constitution and law, you know something is wrong... They run to Zardari for protection... that model citizen!
Is there anyone in their cabinet who HASN'T blatantly violated the constitution?
Can Achakzai point out exactly which part of IK's demands is unconstitutional? I dont see anything unconstitutional about asking the PM to resign... neither do I see anything unconstitutional about the PM acquiescing....
Such protests happen all over the world... nothing unconstitutional about it. They are just trying to implant this idea into people heads...
He must support Nawaz Sharif because his brother is appointed as Governor Balochistan by Nawaz Sharif.
He will go to street to save NS government - Hope its not complicated to understand his agenda. :)
If Achakzai can gather more than 2000 ppl outside quetta, i will join his party.
He sees his perks going in the gutter if Nawaz falls.
It's been done to death.....but still effective....so here goes : Achakzai who ?
Achakzai have more than 10 family members in the current set up and that is enough to protect this system. His brother is a Governor of Balochistan and if Sharif family is controlling Punjab and Bhutto is Controlling Sindh then Achakzai family is controlling Balochistan.
sir i am no PTI member, used to count u as an upright, straight forward honnorable guy, but alas, i ws wrong, its not abt taking sides, but the kidna role u have played, seriously, u stooped too low, u ve damaged ur status
mr. achakzai has no support base except in some pashtun tribal areas in balochistan. no one cares if he pull few thousand brainless tribral ppl..
Move in right direction but adding to confusion in Pakistan. Rallies, marches, Zarb-R-Azb, firing at LOC, internal terrorism, sectarian violence and variety of other issues happening in Pakistan. Can country sustain all this chaos?
Never took out a rally to support even himself or even during the dictatorship of Musharraf he was with him. Now he supports the democratic system. Sigh, where is their conscience.
Countrywide Processions.. haha! I thinks its a typo.. What he really meant was Countryside..
Achakzai is just trying to save the govern-ship of his brother .. Nothing else.
Just to remind you Mr. Achazai sahab! You fought your whole life just to change the name the NWFP to Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa. I hope that day you will retire from politics but now you want to became a part of shareef family politics.
Achakzai does not want to loose his employment and perks which he does not deserve.
lol... achakzai can't gather 1000 people outside quetta
Yay!!! Democracy is in Danger ..aka... my Brother is the Governor :) Save him.