Protests vital part of democracy: Imran

WEB DESK: In response to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at Sukkur, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday said staging a protest in a peaceful manner is a part of democracy; and it is not terrorism.

Talking to reporters at his Banigala residence, he said: “The prime minister was asked a simple question regarding the acquisition of apartments worth billions in London, but he has been evading that question”.

He said that instead of giving us an answer, he is touring the country and blaming our earlier sit-in for delays faced by development schemes, adding the prime minister should follow the example of other democratic leaders and their actions following the Panama Papers revelations.

He said: “Does this mean that as a prime minister you can commit any crime, but if we question your conduct then democracy is threatened?”

Imran reminded PM Sharif that it is the government’s responsibility in a democracy to be answerable to the people and the opposition, adding the government needs to be answerable, and not blackmail others who also have offshore companies.

He also gave his opinion regarding the premier’s next move and said: “Sharif will do what he has done for the last 30 years, and he will try to buy the opposition and anyone else who is deemed as a threat.”

He added that the movement started by the opposition will not end, no matter how hard Nawaz tries. “The premier has also divided the country, on one side are the corrupt and on the other side are the people of Pakistan who want accountability for their money,” he added. – Business Recorder