Govt terms attack on state symbols ‘undemocratic onslaught’

Nawaz directs various ministries to end ongoing political chaos

ISLAMABAD - A high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday condemned the attack on state symbols by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and regarded it as undemocratic and unconstitutional.

It was maintained that the government adopted the path of negotiations but was betrayed and an invasion was made despite prior commitment by these parties. It was also agreed that this undemocratic onslaught should be withdrawn and the two parties should come back to the negotiation table, said a press release issued by the Press Wing of the prime minister’s office.

The Interior Ministry was directed to utilise all resources to ensure protection of state institutions without loss of life. The steps taken by police and security forces to defend and defeat such acts were appreciated. The prime minister, in agreement with the proposals of Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah and Opposition Leader in Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, decided to convene joint session of parliament on September 2.

The meeting condemned few unauthorized acts of violence against journalists, which resulted in injuries and damage to their equipment. The prime minister directed Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage to start immediate investigation into these incidents and promptly ensure verified compensation mechanism.

The meeting at the PM House was attended by Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Senator Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch and Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq.


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