Govt says protesters tried to storm symbols of state

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday that the sit-in protesters tried to storm symbols of state and democracy.
In an interview, he said protesters attacked symbols of democracy, parliament, and symbol of federation, the Presidency. He said Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri have committed “irreparable crime”. Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the government will never shut the doors of talks in the best national interest and wants to defuse the situation through peaceful means. In the TV interview, he said the government wants to avoid mayhem and clash and therefore we have been trying to contact leadership of the protesting parties. 
He said till Saturday evening, six leaders of PTI including Javed Hashmi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tareen, Arif Alvi and Shafqat Mahmood were satisfied with the dialogue process and pledged to meet again on Sunday. He regretted that PTI Chairman Imran Khan did not trust his own dialogue committee and provoked his party workers against the state. Pervaiz Rashid said it is regretful that the chief minister of a province while enjoying complete state protocol and facilities is agitating people against federal government.
The minister said the government had already agreed on the demands of the protesting parties including registering FIR against the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister based on false allegations, merely to satisfy egos of leadership of the protesting parties. He said all political forces of the country including media and civil society condemned undemocratic demands of PTI and PAT and supported the government’s stance. He said history will decide who was on the wrong side.
Rashid strongly condemned the torture of media persons by police on Sunday morning and assured that those responsible would be held accountable. The Information Minister said that those involved in attacks on media persons were enemies of democracy and the country. He said the government believes in freedom of media and would not allow such attacks. 

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