ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid Saturday categorically said that democracy was inter linked with the security, particularly in the present scenario.
Talking to media persons here, the minister brushed aside the notions that the National Security Conference was held particularly to tackle with the Azadi March and said that the decision to convene the conference was made long ago.
“Many political parties demanded that General Raheel Sharif should brief them about operation “Zarb-e-Azb” in the North Waziristan Agency and about the targets and goals of the operation,” he maintained.
The Minister explained that the conference could not be held earlier as the Chief of Army Staff was on a visit abroad.
Replying to a question about the permission of Azadi March by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Islamabad, the minister made it clear that the government was ready to negotiate for the sake of peace in the country.
“Imran Khan earlier demanded to open up four constituencies but now his demands have further gone up to ten constituencies,” he said adding that in one constituency, the PML-N candidate stood third thus the demand was invalid in that constituency.
While the election tribunal had already ordered for re-counting in two constituencies and the fourth case was pending before the high court, he maintained.
Pervaiz termed the demand of re-counting or re-election from the government as unconstitutional and undemocratic as this was the job of election tribunals and not the government.