LAHORE: Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Imran Khan is in favour of dialogue with murderers of 40,000 Pakistanis but is refusing to negotiate with democratically elected government for resolving political issues that exposes his duplicity.
He said that he was ready to go to Imran Khan in the interest of progress and prosperity of the country and also in order to get the dream of changing the destiny of the poor fulfilled but that it was lamentable that Imran and Qadri have joined hands for such marches which were aimed at creating anarchy and pushing the country to darkness. He said that he would immediately resign if it was proved in a transparent investigation that he had directly or indirectly issued orders for firing in the June 17 Model Town incident.
He said that there was no justification for long marches and sit-ins at a time when the Armed Forces of the country were fighting against terrorists. He asked as to what kind of revolution could be brought by a person who was ordering his supporters to kill anyone who returns without bringing about a revolution and attack the houses of those police officials, who were on duty in the form of groups. He said that such a revolutionary approach was a blot on the name of revolution and founders of these revolutions were conspiring to create chaos and lawlessness in the country.
He made an appeal to the nation to reject long marches as journey towards development and prosperity under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in progress.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views in an interview to a private TV channel on Monday.
The chief minister said that Imran and Dr Qadri who had supported General Pervez Musharaf and his referendum were now trying to undermine democratic system. He said that the PML-N and the PPP had rendered innumerable sacrifices for the restoration of democracy and strengthening of democratic system. He said that he was deeply grieved at the tragic incident of Model Town and has all sympathies with the affected families. He said that demands of justice have been fulfilled in this case and that justice would be provided to the affected families at all costs.
He said that he had removed police officers concerned and his political colleagues from their posts after the incident so that they could not influence the process of justice. He said that he got the names of the sons of Dr Qadri withdrawn from the criminal case lodged after the incident. He said that no head of government takes such measures so quickly in the cases of this nature.
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that shipping containers have to be placed for the protection of life and property of citizens and that he once again apologises for inconvenience and problems caused to the people. But, he said, those elements were responsible for the placement of shipping containers who wanted to spread chaos and anarchy in the country. He said that it was due to instigation of the so-called revolutionary (Dr Qadri) that police were subjected to violence from Bhakkar to Lahore as a result of which a police official was martyred while several others were injured but that the police displayed patience and restraint. He said that had the police not made proper arrangements, these so-called revolutionaries would have crossed all limits.
To a question, Shahbaz said that he had offered dialogue to Imran Khan for more than once and that he was still ready to go to Khan’s residence. Prime Minister Nawaz had also given mandate to Jamat-e-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq to hold dialogue with Imran Khan so that political issues could be resolved through negotiations.
He again invited Imran Khan in the name of Pakistan and Pakistani people to come forward, hold dialogue seriously and take pity on the nation. He said that political issues should be resolved through parliament, urging Imran Khan to become head of the parliament’s electoral reforms committee.
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