ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday staging protests and sit-ins was the beauty of a democratic system but no one would be allowed to take law into hands at any cost.
Talking to a private news channel, the Minister said the government has no objection over the protests as it was a legitimate right of political parties in the democratic system. “But, no one will be allowed to violate law,” he observed.
He regretted over a recent statement of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan regarding dragging peoples from their homes. What norms PTI chief was going to introduce in his so-called new Pakistan, he questioned.
He said PTI activists attacked the Parliament House, Pak Secretariat, Prime Minister House and Pakistan Television buildings, which was a sheer violation of the law.
Replying to a question, he said Islamabad police was unarmed and it was only provided rubber bullets, rejecting the allegations of PTI that live bullets were used to handle protesters.
The Minister said only 17 activists sustained bullet injuries and the inquiry would determine that who fired live bullets on them.
“It is on record that Islamabad police was not given arms and ammunition. All record of official arms is regularly maintained by the concerned,” he maintained.
To another question, Pervaiz Rashid said the government did not want to use force against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and PTI as their leaders were making women and children as ‘human shield’ to avoid legal action. While, they themselves live in luxurious containers, he added.
He said the government made serious and sincere efforts to resolve the issue through dialogue, and accordingly it announced a Judicial Commission of Supreme Court to look into election rigging allegations besides it set up a Parliamentary Electoral Reforms Committee (PERC) to bring improvement in the existing election system.
But, Imran Khan was not showing seriousness as it always vetoed PTI’s own negotiating team, repeating unconstitutional demand of resignation. So, now the government has left Imran Khan to himself, he added.
He said PAT and PTI made a significant dent to national economy and they should mend their way in the supreme national interest.
He said physical strength of Imran Khan’s sit-in had come to an end in the initial days but the media kept it alive by giving undue projection.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) believed in promoting democratic norms in the country, which was reflective from the fact that it did not remove even a single banner, carrying Imran Khan’s picture, erected all along the Mall road and other localities in Lahore – a stronghold of PML-N.