NA opposition leader for defending constitution

* All genuine demands of PTI and PAT have been accepted, says Ahsan Iqbal

: National Assembly Opposition Leader and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah on Saturday said that his party would defend the constitution at any cost.Talking to media, Khursheed Shah said that the participants of sit-ins did not care for democracy and the parliament, adding that pro-democracy people were standing by them. He said, “People are looking towards the parliament for resolving their problems.NA Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah has said that the PPP and other democratic forces would never compromise on supremacy of the constitution and the parliament.He said, “The parliament reflects aspirations of the people and all issues should be resolved through the parliament.”To a question, he said that PTI and PAT are violating the constitution and are against the spirit of democracy.Replying to another question he said Pakistan Army is patriotic and can feel pulse of the nation better than anyone else.Shah added that his party had made it clear that the Parliament is ‘supreme’. He refused to comment on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar’s statement saying he does not know exactly what Nisar said.The opposition leader asked the masses to be vigilant and see who was playing what role. He said, “He considered the army a protector of democracy. To a question, he called Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain a ‘king’ of his own realm.Meanwhile, the Planning and Development Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that all demands of PTI and PAT have been accepted but their illegal and unconstitutional demand for resignation of the prime minister cannot be entertained.Talking to journalists, he said that the tendency to dislodge the government through pressure tactics would render the system unstable and no prime minister would be able to run the country in the future. The minister questioned why should the government resign when its policies have strengthened the economy. “China is ready to invest billions of dollars in Pakistan and the world is reposing confidence in Pakistan’s economic performance.”The minister said, “Business and educational activities in Islamabad have been badly affected by prolonged protests.” He regretted that Imran Khan is levelling wild allegations against judges, lawyers, parliamentarians and journalists.Ahsan Iqbal said that the government respects other parties and the mandate given to them. The PTI has been given people’s mandate to sit in the opposition and keep a vigil on the performance of the government. He urged the PTI to play constructive politics in the parliament rather than creating fuss on roads.The minister said the smooth transition of power boosted Pakistan’s image on the international level but ongoing agitation has made the country a laughing stock.

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