LAHORE: Workers and activists of two coalition partners in the federal government – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) – hit the streets of provincial metropolis on Friday to show their solidarity with the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and to decry the protest politics launched by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). The main opposition party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has also highlighted its role in protecting the democratic order.
The Youth Wing of the PML-N staged the first rally in favour of the government.
A large number of party member, including women, participated in the rally from Shadman Chowk to the Lahore Press Club (LPC).
Addressing the participants of the rally, Youth Wing Lahore President Mohsin Latif, who is also a member of the Punjab Assembly, and Secretary General Mian Imtiaz Ahmad said that revolution did not come through sit-ins and protests, adding that real revolution had come in the country when Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf won the elections with a heavy mandate. Later, participants of the rally dispersed peacefully.
While, the JUI-F staged a protest demonstration against “unconstitutional” demands of the PAT and the PTI.
A large number of JUI-F activists participated in the demonstration in front of the LPC. The protestors were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against PTI and PAT leaders.
Addressing the demonstrators, JUI-F Central Information Secretary Maulana Muhammad Amjad Khan and other leaders, including Maulana Mohibul Nabi and Hafiz Ashraf, said that sit-ins of the PTI and PAT against an elected government were unconstitutional.
They said that they would protect the constitution of the country, democracy and Islamic values, adding that they would also foil any conspiracy to derail democracy.
Meanwhile, PPP Punjab Deputy Information Secretary Abid Hussain Siddiqui has said that the PPP is playing its role for protection of the democratic system, as it is the best system for the country.
In a statement on Friday, he said that the PPP did not believe in politics of revenge so it was supporting the government for continuity of democratic system. He urged all parties to prefer dialogue to continue democratic system in the country, adding that undemocratic methods could damage democracy.
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