ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that under the present regional situation his resignation would cause great problems for democracy in the country.
“Pakistan can not afford (this). Dialogue is the only way the crisis could be resolved,” Nawaz told senior journalists in a meeting. He reiterated that he had become prime minister through a democratic process. “We are showing great restraint because women and children are among the protesters,” said Nawaz. He said that majority of political parties in parliament have extended their support to his party during the current political crisis. “Out of the 12 political parties in parliament, 11 have given their support to our party and the democratic process,” the PM said.
“All democratic forces are on the same page regarding this issue,” he added. To a question, he said, “We are showing great restraint because women and children are among the protesters.” The prime minister’s remarks on Thursday came on the eighth day of the Imran Khan-led movement against his government, a campaign that has partially paralysed life in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi as containers and police personnel guard state buildings against charged protesters. Although Imran is unflinching in his demand for the premier’s resignation, PTI sources say the party chairman has “no other option left” as his earlier calls for a civil disobedience movement and the mass resignation of PTI lawmakers from assemblies have yielded no results.
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