Lawbreakers to be dealt with iron fist on Aug 10: minister

LAHORE: Law Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that no one would be allowed to derail democracy on August 10. 
“Law will take its course against those, who will take the law into their own hands,” he told the press on Monday. He said that Dr Tahirul Qadri was dancing to the tunes of his foreign masters to destabilise the country, adding that Dr Qadri had no sympathy with his workers and wanted to use them for his vested interest. He said that the country was passing through history’s most delicate phase and political stability was vital to face all challenges.
Mashhood said that Dr Qadri had come to create chaos through his anti-state agenda. “He is neither a representative of Pakistan nor a real Muslim and does not have a single seat in the parliament,” the law minister claimed.
Calling Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief ‘Container Baba’ with reference to his 2013 three-day anti-government sit-in in Islamabad, Rana Mashhood said that Dr Qadri had exposed his agenda in his Sunday’s press conference in which he urged party workers to take revenge for the June 17 Model Town incident. Dr Qadri had nominated 15 police officials and ordered workers to take the law into their own hands. Besides, Mashhood said, Dr Qadri had advised his workers to bring with them the Holy Quran on the Day of Martyrs (August 10), which, he said, was un-Islamic and was tantamount to desecrating the holy book. 
“Dr Qadri believes in politics of corpses, but we request him not to play with the emotions of his workers,” the minister said. He asked the people to decide about the mental condition of Dr Qadri. 
He said Independence Day was being made controversial by making issues out of non-issues but that the PML-N government believed in democracy and would continue to move in the right direction. He said that the people had seen the faces of those, who wanted to stop the process of development in the country. To a question, Mashhood said, there was no allegation of corruption against the government, adding that it had accomplished mega projects like metro bus systems in a transparent manner. 

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