Imran has announced ‘political death’ of PTI: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that some elements, by launching an attack on Islamabad, tried to humiliate the democratically elected parliament but that due to unity of all political parties, they have faced shame and disgrace. 
He said that he was sure that after Javed Hashmi, several Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders would display the same moral courage so that historians while writing political history of the country should not count them among enemies of Pakistan and democracy.
The chief minister said that through collusion with Dr Tahirul Qadri, Imran Khan has announced “political death” of the PTI and that it was also a fact that the PTI leadership was disgusted with Imran Khan due to his “autocratic” and “undemocratic” attitude and was quitting the party by raising “go Imran go’ slogans. 
According to a handout, Shahbaz Sharif expressed these views while talking to a delegation of assembly members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday. 
He said that U-turns taken by Imran Khan from the beginning of long march to sit-in were unprecedented in political history of Pakistan and that these U-turns finally led to Irman Khan’s political isolation. He said that determination expressed by all political parties during the joint session of parliament to protect democracy and constitution and to uphold the law was voice of the entire nation. He said that maturity shown by political parties at this critical juncture of history would indeed augur well for the stability of democratic system. The chief minister also welcomed the speeches made by political leaders during the joint session of parliament regarding protection of democratic system. While paying tribute to speakers, he said that it was a historic event in political history of the country as Imran Khan and Dr Qadri had tried resorting to protest politics but that the people have given their verdict by rejecting this style of politics. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that every patriotic Pakistani has strongly condemned attacks on the parliament, Prime Minister’s House and PTV building. He said that elements trying to damage democratic institutions should know that Imran Khan and Dr Qadri would be responsible if Pakistan faced instability. He said that if Imran Khan really wanted bringing about a change in the country, he should have started this process immediately after his party assumed power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a result of May 2013 elections. The chief minister further said that in democracy, decisions were never made on streets but in the parliament and that the PML-N government has always been in favour of resolving political issues through dialogue. He said that from the beginning of the long march to the sit-in, the government displayed patience and restraint at every stage and that it would continue to do so in future as well. 

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