LAHORE – Punjab Minister for Law Rana Mashhood Ahmad on Wednesday announced that the ‘long march’ of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would be given way but its leadership would have to decide the route first.
Addressing a press conference here, he said that there were so many security threats to the political leadership in view of terrorists' presence in the largest province of Pakistan. However, he said that Punjab was still safe due to a comprehensive security policy made by the Punjab government.
He said that the government would make all possible arrangements to save the people irrespective of any political affiliation. The minister said that the ‘Wajahat Force’ has been given a task to carry out bloodshed in Punjab as Tahirul Qadri wants bodies for politicking.
The minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had expressed no-confidence in the whole political leadership and judiciary by rejecting the judicial commission. During 2013 general election, the caretaker set-up was totally against the Pakistan Muslim League-N as many relatives of the PTI candidates were appointed on top posts, he said.
“Imran Khan himself demanded the then chief justice of Pakistan in written to hold general election under the supervision of judiciary, but now after 13 months he has been levelling allegations against the judges and Election Commission of Pakistan as well,” Mashhood said.
The minister said Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and Hamid Khan, who were in forefront of the movement for independence of judiciary, had abandoned the so-called ‘long march’ due to stubbornness of Imran Khan. Almost all the bar associations of Punjab had also expressed no-confidence in the PTI's movement, he added.
Provincial minister Shuja Khanzada was also present in the press conference.