Govt not ready to move an inch

* Defence minister ruled out formation of technocrat set-up * PML-N legislator urges protesting parties to resolve issue through ‘give and take’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has refused to move an inch from its stance against what it called unconstitutional demands of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). 
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif resolved this in the National Assembly, which continued the debate on the country’s ongoing political situation. The lawmakers seemed exhausted with the issue as a few of them took part in the session. 
Asif claimed that the government showed utmost restraint so far since the protesting parties started the long march and tried to resolve the issue through dialogue. The minister also told the House about the government’s decision to get an FIR registered in the Model Town carnage. He dispelled the impression that the government was pressuring the judiciary. “How it can be said when the additional sessions judge and the [Lahore] High Court ordered against us?” He questioned. 
He said the government has started the process of registering the FIR. Praising the role of political parties to protect democracy, he called it a historic moment in the country’s history and said that no one would be allowed to cause damage to the democratic system.
He ruled out formation of a technocrat set-up and said that even the PM does not have authority to install such a set-up.
“Neither there is a situation that demands dissolution of the National Assembly nor a need,” he said and added that democratic forces have matured enough and democracy would triumph in the end. He said the country’s existence lied in supremacy of the constitution.
State Minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed flayed PML-N Senator Jaffar Iqbal’s for offering the deputy prime minister’s office to PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
He accused the protesting parties of pushing the country to anarchy, which according to him would harm the country and its people.
Earlier, lawmakers reiterated their resolve to protect democracy by not giving up to the demands of the protesting parties. 
PPP lawmaker Asghar Ali Shah called upon the protesting parties to settle the issues through negotiations rather than protests. He also urged that government to take prompt measures to resolve the issue.
PML-N legislator Shaheen Shafiq suggested the protesting parties to resolve the issue through “give and take” as the nation was fed up with the ongoing sit-ins.
PML-N lawmaker Riaz Malik rejected the allegations of rigging in the general elections and recalled that in his constituency NA-118, the PTI polling agents had not registered a single complaint with the presiding officer or in the respective police station. PML-N member Shazia Fatima said an international organisation has said in its report that popularity graph of the PM has gone up while that of Imran Khan decreased significantly. “Protesters on the Constitution Avenue want to derail democracy just because of their lust to come into power,” she noted.

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