PTI’s Dec 18 call: Chaudhry Nisar toughens stance on agitators

Published: December 16, 2014
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Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar. PHOTO: ONLINE

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: 

As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) prepares to implement its call for a country-wide shutter-down on December 18, the government has warned it will not tolerate any attempt to paralyse national life.

“We have very patiently dealt with [the PTI] protests and sit-ins so far, but now it is about time to differentiate between peaceful democratic protests and civil disobedience,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in an official statement.

He said there is no room for any protest, which causes blockade of roads and closure of business, in any democratic country across the world. “Neither, it can be allowed to paralyse the life of ordinary citizens, anywhere,” he added

Nisar said if any particular party has some reservations, then they have all the right to plead their case in the court of law. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is available for any such support and cooperation, which results in the country’s progression and helps in peace making, he said.

The interior minister said political leaders should not only advocate the spirit of democracy and law in speeches, but their action should also reflect this spirit.

“To achieve political stability in the country, all the political parties have to sit together,” he added.

According to sources, Nisar conveyed this message to the PTI chairman Imran Khan through Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, who met him at Punjab House in Islamabad on Monday.

Chaudhry Nisar, on the wish of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, also requested Siraj to convince Imran Khan to call off his countrywide protest on December 18, added the sources.

Sirajul Haq assured the interior minister that he, in his upcoming meeting with the PTI chief likely be held tomorrow (Wednesday), will try to convince him to leave the path of protests for better political stability, added the sources.

The JI amir also assured him that his party will not join hands with the PTI in this countrywide call for protest, sources close to both the JI and the PML-N revealed.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2014.

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  • sabi
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:25AM

    They succeeded in breaking the country in 1971 and they owe us a debt.It’s time now to pay them back with all dividends.Go ahead Pakistan.

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  • AA
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:28PM

    If “there is no room for any protest, which causes blockade of roads and closure of business, in any democratic country across the world” then act like other truly democratic countries and listen to the concerns of millions who have peacefully protested. Have you done anything to resolve their grievances Mr Nisar? Are you heeding to the concerns of thousands who are peacefully marching or sitting in? In democracies around the world legislators listen to even a single protestor and try to resolve issues and allay concerns because they do not rule as a party, a mob leader or a gangster that only concerns with those who brought them in power and ignore those who didn’t. They do not consider 40 percent of their citizen as opponents. They once in power rule as leaders of nation and when even one citizen comes out in public they response in action. What you had been doing is telling millions of protestors across the country that, “you go ahead keep protesting and we won’t care. This is not what it means democracy, its mob rule. You are telling by your inaction to peaceful protestors that it does not matter if you do it peacefully. You are telling them, you only understand language of violence and untill that is not spoken you ignore the protestors. Learn the democratic behavior, Mr. Nisar by American standards where a women starts a protest and legislators makes a law. When few citizens complain the investigation is initiated. Do not refer democracies of the world, until you have shown actions by their standards in your behavior.

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