Small group can’t decide fate of 18m people: minister

Saad says lawmakers unanimous to protect democracy, constitution

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Tuesday said that parliamentarians from all the political parties are unanimous to protect the parliament, democracy and constitution at all cost.

Talking to journalists outside the Parliament House here, he said a group of thousand people cannot decide the fate of 18 million people. He said that people representatives had been elected by four million people and group of some people want to decide their fate which is unfair.

The minister said that the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief had made a promise of not entering into the red zone but now he was breaching his commitments. The government is constantly trying to engage Pakistan Awami Tehrik and PTI in negotiations but so far all such efforts have remained futile.

He said the protesting parties should not do politics on dead bodies and open doors for dialogue for the sake of Pakistan. The minister said that he personally approached Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Dr Arif Alvi and Asad Umer for talks. By entering into the red zone what kind of message they want to give to international community that Pakistan was an unsafe country, he said.

He said marchers were playing with sovereignty of Pakistan. He said it was unfortunate that PTI and PAT did not believe the parliament and the Supreme Court. He urged PTI and PAT to open doors for negotiations as solution of the issues can be find out through talks. Saad said that objectionable language against leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League was regrettable.


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