Achakzai vows to protect democracy

*PkMAP chief says country’s economy is in shambles due to PTI-PAT sit-ins in Islamabad

QUETTA: Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai on Sunday said that his party would launch countrywide processions to protect the democratic system.
He said this during a news conference at the Quetta Press Club. He criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri for trying to derail democracy.
“My party will start protest demonstrations and political gatherings to mobilise people in Balochistan. Majority of the people are against the ongoing sit-in launched by PTI and PAT in Islamabad,” he said.
Achakzai said the processions would be peaceful and within the constitutional framework.
He suggested a political front comprising Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), PkMAP, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Nationalist Party (NP). “There is a need to answer the people who have been protesting in Islamabad. They are a minority, and the way they are protesting is not justified and unconstitutional,” he said.
“I would support Imran Khan if his demands were justified and constitutional. But they are not,” he said.
Achakzai said the country’s economy was in a shambles due to the ongoing sit-in in Islamabad. “The protest is negatively impacting the economy while the stock exchange is gradually collapsing. Many heads of friendly countries have suspended their visits to Pakistan,” he added.
“Imran and Qadri are making a mockery of this country,” he said, adding, that Imran wants to attain constitutional status through an unconstitutional manner.
To a question, Achakzai said he was supporting Nawaz Sharif because he wanted to strengthen democratic setup. “Democracy is the only solution to all issues in Pakistan. We will not let anyone insult the constitution,” Achakzai said.
To another question regarding IDPs in North Waziristan, Achakzai said it was sad that their houses were destroyed. 
“I have never seen or witnessed, in any part of the world, people being asked to evacuate areas because some thieves had taken shelter there. The devastation of houses is the worst thing to happen in Pashtun culture,” he said.

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