ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday termed Tahirul Qadri of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek “ring leader of the tax evaders’ gang” and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as “king of U-turns”.
In a statement, the minister said that Qadri had evaded tax amounting to billions of rupees and was trying to topple the democratic government. He asked why Qadri was “putting the gun on the shoulders of Chaudhrys of Gujrat”, a reference to Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s support for the firebrand cleric. “The ring leader of tax evaders and the man behind the politics of anarchy would soon run away to Canada,” Pervaiz remarked while predicting that “politics of revolution” was breathing its last.
Pervaiz Rashid termed PTI Chairman Imran Khan as “king of U-turns” who keeps changing his statement on monthly basis. Responding to Imran’s speech at party’s General Workers Convention, the information minister said that the PTI chief had been rejected in the May 2013 polls. “If the mandate was fake why then Imran Khan formed his government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa?” the minister questioned. “Why did Imran Khan and his party’s members took oath in the National Assembly?”
The information minister said the Pakistan Muslim League-N-led government was taking concrete steps to make the country prosperous under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Talking to newsmen at a flag-hoisting ceremony in connection with Independence Day celebrations, he said, “Our forefathers acquired a separate homeland through democratic and constitutional process instead of protests and long march.” He said the PML-N does not believe in vandalism. The forefathers of the PML-N workers, he claimed, carried out an undaunted political and democratic struggle to acquire a separate homeland instead of blaming others and holding protests.
He said the PML-N has always followed the tradition of achieving political objectives through democratic ways and not through protests. The minister said Imran Khan, Qadri and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain have to take the responsibility for maintaining peace during their protests and marches. He warned there should be no terror activity in the guise of rallies and protests. “Imran Khan must ensure no terrorist activity takes place during the long march,” Pervaiz Rasheed
He said world-renowned economists, international media and organisations have acknowledged that Pakistan is moving towards economic stability and prosperity on fast track. Quoting Nelson Survey, the minister said people of Pakistan made purchases worth Rs 800 billion this Eid, which shows their purchasing power has increased because of economic prosperity. About the energy crisis, he said several projects including hydroelectric and coal projects are underway to overcome energy deficit. He urged the people to hoist flags on their rooftops on Independence Day and revive patriotism.
Pervaiz said the country is making fast development, which was acknowledged by the leading world institutions, including Moody’s, Asian Development Bank, World Bank and Wall Street Journal.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Sunday that his government did not face threat from any protest or long march. He said that he was ready to listen to the opposition’s grievances and remove them whether they sit with him before or after the long march. In an interview, the prime minister also regretted that certain elements were out to create lawlessness and violence by following the path of agitation, Radio Pakistan reported. He observed that political problems are always resolved through dialogue and understanding and not through protests and marches, however, he said, the people were fully aware of such designs and would not let them succeed. The prime minister said the judiciary and other institutions have been working independently to address complaints of the opposition and they should be trusted.
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