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Democracy may derail if protest not allowed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Saturday alleged that the government was creating hurdles in the way of holding a peaceful protest and that his party workers were being harassed.
“Such tactics will fail to stop the tsunami of PTI workers,” Imran told journalists, as he warned that “any unpleasant incident can even lead to derailment of the democratic set-up.” 
The PTI chief said that PML-N is habitual of bringing ‘paid people’ to their rallies. He said the ruling party is unaware of the value and power of passion and sprit of the political workers. 
Imran said federal and provincial governments were behaving in an undemocratic manner. He alleged that Punjab government was preventing people from taking part in the anti-rigging rally. He said the party workers will participate in the protest come what may. “Both governments will be responsible if anything untoward happens during the May 11 rally,” he warned.
Imran said protest is the fundamental right of everyone. He asked the journalists to inquire from the transporters who were facing harassment by the government. “PML-N lacks moral courage. They should come up with their objections if our demands are unjustified,” he maintained.
The PTI chief demanded that those responsible for rigging in the general election be tried for treason for stealing the ‘mandate of the masses’. 
About an offer for a cup of tea by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Imran said that if the PM wanted to meet him, he should have phoned him.

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