11 out of 12 parties with govt, says PM

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that majority of political parties in the parliament have given their support to the Pakistan Muslim League-N during the current political crisis.

“Out of 12 political parties in parliament, 11 have given their support to our party and the democratic process,” the prime minister said this during a meeting with senior journalists. “All democratic forces are on the same page regarding this issue,” he said.

He said that his resignation would cause great problems for democracy in Pakistan in current regional situation. He said that dialogue was the only to resolve the current political crisis. “We are showing great restraint because women and children are among the protesters,” he said.

He reiterated that he had become the prime minister through a democratic process. His remark comes on the eighth day of the anti-government movement, led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek. A campaign that has partially paralysed life in Islamabad and Rawalpindi as containers and police personnel guard state buildings against charged protesters.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan is unflinching in his demand for the resignation of the prime minister along with his cabinet as well as his younger brother – the chief minister of the largest Punjab province. Sources said that the PTI chairman has no other option left as his earlier calls for a civil disobedience movement and the mass resignation of the PTI’s lawmakers from assemblies have yielded no results.

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