There will be no compromise on constitution, says minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Friday said there would be no compromise on constitution of Pakistan as it was the only document which had kept united the federation. Talking to a private TV channel, he said the government had shown maximum flexibility over the current crisis. Saad Rafique said it was the responsibility of Pakistan Army to safeguard the country from external threats besides ensuring national security and that the prevailing crisis had become a matter of national security. Two visits of foreign dignitaries were cancelled and if the situation persists the Chinese president would also cancel his visit to Pakistan, he mentioned. If the protestors, the minister said, took law into hands and attack the buildings which were symbols of the state, then the forces would react as per the given SOP. He said army would never want to use force against the civilians rather it would desire that the issue be settled peacefully. It was a reality that Article 245 of the constitution was imposed, the minister said, adding, even the Supreme Court had observed that Article 190 would be imposed if the protestors did not evacuate the constitutional avenue. Meanwhile, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said the government authorised to register a bogus first information report (FIR) of the Model Town incident even against the prime minister for the cause of peace. Talking to different television channels, he said the prime minister was abroad when the fateful incident took place in Model Town, Lahore, on June 17. He said the government showed maximum flexibility and restraint to find an amicable solution of the issues through dialogue. 

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