Govt serious over legitimate demands of farmers: Rana

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Parliament to decide action under Article 6 against Imran

Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday said that the parliament will decide to take action under the Article 6 against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan over the audio purportedly featuring party leaders Asad Umar and Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussing the much-touted “threat cipher” with Imran Khan.

Addressing a press conference along with PML-N leader in Lahore, Rana upon PML-N vice President Maryam Nawaz’s demand to take action against Imran Khan over cipher issue said that her demand is right and the parliament will decide to take action under the Article 6 against the PTI supremo.

Talking about farmers protest, Rana Sanaullah said the farmers’ protest was without any justification adding a deadlock between the government and the protesting farmers continued as another round of talks between the government and farmers ended without any result Saturday.

“The farmers leaders were informed about the situation in a meeting,” interior minister said.

“A Cabinet Committee was working over the electricity bills of the agricultural tube wells,” he said. “The committee will sit again on Monday and will consider over all suggestions,” minister said.

“The government is serious over legitimate demands of the farmers and has already accepted postponement of the payments of tube well bills,” he said. “A notification to this respect has already been issued, protest over the matter is unjustified,” he said.

“Protest is impermissible in Red Zone by farmers, any other group or party,” minister said. “The law will come into motion against those marching on the Red Zone,” interior minister warned. “The Supreme Court has clearly ruled against any protest in the Red Zone,” he added.

Talking to journalists earlier, representatives of Kisan Ittehad said that the interior minister adopted a threatening attitude during the negotiations. The farmers claimed that the deliberations were halted as the government refused to accept their demands. The Kissan Ittehad has vowed to continue the protest till the fulfilment of demands, warning of marching towards the red zone.

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