As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf commenced its long march to the federal capital on Friday, Information Minister Marriyum Aurganzeb claimed the people had “rejected” the party’s “bloody march”.
While responding to PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry on Twitter, the minister said, “the nation, while rejecting to be slave to a Constitution-violating, foreign-funded nuisance, has rejected the bloody march. The youth does not want to be the protectors of a Toshakhana thief, Farah Gogi and Bushra Bibi”.
The people have refused to fall prey to the “nuisance’s greed for power”, she added. Pakistan Muslim League-N on Friday shared clips from the streets of Lahore, claiming the PTI’s long march was a bust.
“Scenes from Liberty Chowk, Lahore at 1:00pm. People across the country have rejected the ‘bloody march’,” the tweet read, adding that, “Pakistani people are not ready to be a part of any campaign against the country and its institutions”.
The Ministry of Interior issued a memo warning all civil servants against “deviating from the Constitution and the laws of the land”.
“It is clear that civil servants are bound to act as servants of the state, and their actions should be subservient to the relevant constitutional provisions to ensure smooth conduct of relations between the federation and the provinces,” the statement read.
“There should be a defined way of carrying out protests as enshrined in the Constitution as enunciated in various judgments of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. It is equally important to ensure that no government employee be allowed to join any such protest,” it added.