Determination of political parties to defend democracy a ‘good omen’: CM

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the determination shown by all political parties to protect and defend democratic system and the constitution is a “good omen.” He also said that the resolution adopted unanimously by all political parties in the National Assembly for ensuring the supremacy of law and the constitution reflected their strong determination to strengthen democracy and defend democratic system and that it was voice of the entire nation.
Talking to a delegation of PML-N assembly members on Thursday, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that he has been supporting resolution of political problems through dialogues from the outset and that still he was of the view that political deadlock would be brought to an end only through dialogue. He said that the government was taking all necessary steps to get the issues resolved with mutual understanding and that it had shown maximum possible restraint right from the beginning of long march to the ensuing sit-ins and that it would continue to take every possible step to resolve the matters amicably. 
The chief minister said that the demand of resignation from an elected prime minister was unconstitutional and illegal and also reflects undemocratic attitude and that there was a procedure provided in the constitution to remove the prime minister. 
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz has rendered invaluable services to strengthen democracy and democratic system in the country that have been acknowledged by the entire nation. He said that Nawaz Sharif was being acclaimed as an elected prime minister at the international level also. 
He said that the indecent language used by PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri against the elected prime minister and other state institutions was not appropriate in any respect. He said that the people as well as workers of both of the parties have condemned Imran Khan and Dr Qadri for using indecent language and expressed disappointment over their leaderships. 
The chief minister said that those political elements, who tried making Independence Day controversial, have themselves become controversial on the Constitution Avenue in Islamabad and that they stand politically isolated. He said that those dreaming million march have to face disappointment and humiliation as only a few thousands of people have turned up on their agitation calls. 
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that the question of resignation of prime minister or midterm election does not arise as the people have given mandate to the PML-N to govern the country for full five years. He said that a handful of elements could not take the entire nation hostage for their personal satisfaction. He said that the government was taking all steps within the ambit of law and the constitution while Imran Khan had broken all records of telling a lie in politics and had now crossed all limits of decency and morality also.

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