Nobody to be allowed to shutdown, disturb life in Islamabad: Saad

Imran’s ‘measures’ becoming risk for Pakistan

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Railways Saad Rafique on Thursday said viewing constitution of Pakistan nobody would be allowed to lockdown or disturb life in Islamabad. Enemies of Pakistan want to shutdown Pakistani cities, so on whose agenda are you working?, he questioned Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan while addressing a press conference in Islamabad flanked by other Pakistan Muslim League-N leaders. He said Imran Khan should be got medically checked as his measures were becoming risk for Pakistan. “The PTI chief is talking about searching, he himself would be comprehensively searched. He himself is founder of off-shore companies in Pakistan,” he said. He said that Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief was culpable under contempt of court for pursuing lockdown agenda after Islamabad High Court barred all related activities. He branded Imran Khan, a risk for national stability and democracy.
The federal minister said that Imran Khan was not trustworthy and that rhetorically inquired about the law that permitted him to use copter dedicated for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
He also criticised chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid for alleged illegal occupation of ten-marla Lal Haveli. Rafique also criticised vice-chairman of PTI, Shah Mehmood Qureshi by terming one of his recent statements, shameful.
While answering questions, Saad Rafique said that the government would not let the issue spiral out of control leading to possibility of loss of lives. Responding to another question, the federal minister said that though Khan was a proclaimed offender, he could not be sent to jail as “powder” was not supplied there.
Saad said PTI Chief Imran Khan’s steps have put at risk the democracy, stability, and independent working of institutions in the country. He said Imran Khan is bent upon shutting down Islamabad on the second of the next month though Islamabad High Court has refrained him from doing so, which is contempt of court. However, he said the government will honor every order of all courts.
The Minister said PTI must realize that vote is the only way to bring change of government in the country, and it is beyond understanding that a person is trying to cut the branch of tree on which he is sitting.
He assured the government will perform its legal duty of maintaining law and order in Islamabad and ensure provision of the basic citizen rights to the residents of Islamabad so that they could perform their day to day activities.
Khawaja Saad Rafique said PTI has no justification for lockdown of Islamabad when the Supreme Court has already initiated hearing of the petitions on the Panama leaks. He said the government is in contact with various political parties, including PPP, ANP, JUI-F, and can also talk to PTI in the interest of the country if the latter wants so.
The Minister said it is unfortunate that Pakistan has taken-off economically under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but PTI is again trying to create hurdles as it did in 2014, which delayed launch of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Talal Chaudhry on Thursday said that the government took action because the state must establish its writ. He backed government’s action against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers.
Talal Chaudhry said that the government must have taken action in order to establish the its writ. He said that Section-144 was implemented in the city and the government had to take action against those not complying with the orders.—Agencies

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