ISLAMABAD: Terming PTI chief Imran Khan’s demands of technocrat caretaker set-up and resignation of the prime minister as extra constitutional, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday claimed that the present political crisis was an attempt to derail democracy in the country.
“Imran’s demands are extra-constitutional and he knows it very well,” Dar told a press conference here at the Finance Ministry. The federal minister said that the on-going political crisis was an attempt to destabilise the country by derailing democracy.
He said, “Prime minister would not be removed according to the wishes of the PTI chief, while Khan’s demand for a technocrat setup in the country was unconstitutional. The on-going political turmoil had witnessed heavy losses of worth Rs 300 billion at the Karachi Stock Exchange,” he added.
Dar said that Imran would be dealt politically as he had political issues at hand, whereas the government would tackle Tahirul Qadri administratively. He said, “The Inqilab March would be tackled in accordance with the law, and the government would leave no stone unturned to protect lives and properties of the people.”
“We have no doubt over anyone’s patriotism. But sanity should prevail at this moment,” Dar said. “History is a witness to the fact that whosoever caused damage to the country suffered badly in the end,” he recalled.
About formation of the fact finding commission to investigate alleged rigging in the general elections 2013, Dar made it loud and clear that the people would trust with an impartial person holding inquiry into the allegations of rigging. “The commission will find out the facts,” Dar said.
Replying to a question, Ishaq Dar said that the prime minister had received an offer through a political party for recounting in ten constituencies to allow PTI to roll back its agitation plan, and the prime minister responded positively after consultation with all political parties.
He informed that all political parties consulted were of the opinion that there was no harm in recounting in the said constituencies, if modalities were worked out within the bounds of law and the Constitution.
Privatisation Commission Federal Minister Zubair Omar, brother of PTI leader Asad Umar, who was also present on the occasion, said no international or local institution had predicted Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf’s victory in the 2013 elections.
He said, “Victory of PML-N on 130 seats was predicted by various international organisations including Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).
He said, “FAFEN in its post-election report declared elections as free and fair. He said over 40,000 representatives of the organisation had monitored elections inside the polling stations and results of 264 out of 272 constituencies were similar to that of the Election Commission.
The minister said, “According to Tasneem Durrani’s report, PTI lost the elections due to the party’s internal dynamics,” adding, “Imran Khan does not like to pay attention to anyone’s words, if PTI polling agents were not trained then he must accept his incompetence.”
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