ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Friday said the government was expecting dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) which would bear positive result for all.
Talking to various TV channels, he said the result should be such in which neither side wins nor loses.
The minister said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had only two major demands including electoral reforms and probe of rigging allegations through a judicial commission, adding, the demands had already been accepted by the government.
Electoral Reforms Committee having representation of all the parliamentary parties was already working while the Prime Minister had also written a letter to the Supreme Court on August 13, for the formation of a judicial commission, he added.
The minister said there was no need of protests and sit-ins as PTI could get its demands accepted without agitation.
He said it would be good if PTI comes on table and creates a conducive environment so that judicial commission could start its work.
Pervaiz Rashid said due to these sit-ins and protests, not only the visits of foreign dignitaries, including Chinese president, were cancelled but the economy and society had also been affected badly.
He said Prime Minister could only write a letter to the supreme court for the formation of a judicial commission, and that being an independent institution it was solely in the domain of the court to decide about its formation.
The minister was of the view that the language used by Imran Khan about former judges and chief election commissioner could probably be a reason in the delay in formation of the commission.
Responding to a question, he said to bring consensus based constitutional amendment, Imran Khan should be in the parliament.
Pervaiz Rashid clarified that power outage at some places on Friday was due to tripping of feeders, however, it was later restored.
The outdated transmission lines were also being upgraded, he added.
He said PTI had organized a number of protests and public gatherings in Punjab in past where the government had not only facilitated but also provided them foolproof security.
Peaceful protest was the right of PTI, he said, adding, if PTI remained peaceful in Lahore then their constitutional right of protest would be protected.
Replying to another question, he said if there was no Sheikh Rashid and only Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Lahore protest then the protest would be peaceful.
The minister said he was hopeful that PTI would not repeat the mistake it committed at Faisalabad where its workers burnt tyres on roads and created unrest by forcefully getting the shops closed.