ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Wednesday rejected “minus Nawaz Sharif” formula and affirmed that the prime minister would not resign as demanded by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan.
“Imran Khan’s demand for the resignation of the prime minister is un-constitutional while its long march is only a ‘drama’ and no more than this,” Dar told a press conference which was held to issue economic report for the year 2013-14. Dar said parliament was the most suitable forum to find solutions for all types of problems. He said the government had no objection to organising a peaceful march, but no one who violates the law would be spared.
“The government would leave no stone unturned to protect democracy, and seeking resignation from the premier by a political party which has no future is unconstitutional”, he added. “All political parties in parliament have consensus on not letting democracy de-railed in any case.” The finance minister stressed that the PML-N was keen on electoral reforms and those seeking this should stay within the limits of the constitution. He denounced the parties planning marches against the government. Dar accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf of making pre-result victory announcement in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
PTI chief Imran Khan had on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign and announce fresh elections under the new election commission. Imran Khan vowed that he would not call off his party’s sit-in protest, following a long march on the federal capital on eve of Independence Day, until the removal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s government. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should immediately resign and announce re-elections. The mandate of this government is fake as it grabbed power through rigged elections,” Imran said.
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