Minister terms democracy, security inter-linked

Pervaiz believes demand of re-counting or re-election from govt unconstitutional, undemocratic

ISLAMABAD – Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said that democracy was inter-linked with the security, particularly in the present scenario.

Talking to journalists here, the minister brushed aside the notions that the National Security Conference was held particularly to tackle with the Azadi March and said that the decision to convene the conference was made long ago.

“Many political parties demanded that General Raheel Sharif should brief them about Zarb-e-Azb in the North Waziristan Agency and about the targets and goals of the military operation,” he maintained. He explained that the conference could not be held earlier as the Chief of Army Staff was on a visit to abroad.

About the permission of Azadi March by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Islamabad, the minister made it clear that the government was ready to negotiate for the sake of peace in Pakistan. "Imran Khan earlier demanded to open up four constituencies but now his demands have further gone up to 10 constituencies,” he said, adding that in one constituency, the PML-N candidate stood third thus the demand was invalid in that constituency.

The election tribunal had already ordered for re-counting in two constituencies and the fourth case was pending before the high court, he maintained. Pervaiz termed the demand of re-counting or re-election from the government as unconstitutional and undemocratic as this was the job of election tribunals and not the government.

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