LAHORE: Politicians and legal experts on Monday declared Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience “illegal” and “unconstitutional”, terming it a “joke” with the nation and a bid to “harm” the country’s stability.
The steps suggested by the PTI chairman would destroy democratic process, besides taking the country to the brink of economic disaster, they maintained. They also said that the people were expecting a historic and positive speech from PTI Chief Imran Khan, who, however, disappointed them by delivering an “illogical” speech. Imran, in fact, had nothing to say and that is why he came up with unreasonable demands, which were a threat to present democratic system and would harm the economy to the core, they added.
The parliament, they added, was a symbol of unity while the federation was a symbol of the country’s strength and there was dire need to strengthen the two pillars of the state, urging Imran Khan to better suggest steps or ways and means to improve the economy.
How could financial matters of the country be taken care of and how could national institutions be run if the people would not pay taxes, they asked.
Talking to APP, Awami National Party (ANP) Secretary General Ahsan Wyne said the call for civil disobedience was an “insane” move on part of the PTI chief to instigate the masses against the state. “Pakistan is passing through a critical situation and cannot afford any attempt aimed at creating instability,” he said and added that democratic forces, which had always fought against dictatorial regimes, would continue to play their role for strengthening democracy.
PML-N Lahore President MNA Pervaiz Malik and Vice President Sohail Shoukat Butt said that with the call for civil disobedience, the real agenda of Imran Khan had come to the fore at last. Some 180 million people had given mandate to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to govern the country, they said and added that demanding resignation from an elected prime minister was illogical and unconstitutional. They said that the dream of the PTI chief to become the prime minister would never come true, urging Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to keep aside egoism and hold dialogue with the government to find out solutions to their grievances, if any. The government had already constituted committees for the purpose, they added.
Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jehangir was of the opinion that an attempt was being made to topple a democratic government. In civilised countries, she said, no such moves were made against democracy. She also questioned as to why Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri had not marched against dictatorships. The eminent jurist, however, impressed upon all democratic forces to seek a solution to the issue forthwith.
PPP Punjab Information Secretary Advocate Raja Aamir said that Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience was aimed at weakening the country. The sit-ins in the federal capital were giving a wrong message to the world regarding the country’s stability, he added.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Farid Ahmed Piracha asked the PTI and PAT leaders to show flexibility and hold talks with the government. His party would not let democracy to be derailed, he vowed.
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