(APP)- Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq Thursday said that the democratic system could not be derailed on desire of any individual because no political party in the Parliament had demanded for midterm elections.
Talking to journalists outside the Parliament, he said that the government could not allow anyone to destroy the public property or hurt people.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was an elected leader and should solve the issue through the Parliament, he said, adding that the issue with Khan would be resolved through political means. He called upon PTI to amicably resolve contentious issues and avoid confrontation at a time when the Armed Forces were busy in war against terrorism.
Saad said that it was not a time for confrontation. “The situation is serious and any confrontation will harm democracy.” He asked Khan not to divide the nation by turning the Independence Day into a day of protest.
Moreover, Saad said that some political parties, which wanted to stage sit-ins against the government, had been rejected by the masses in the elections and had no representation in the parliament. He said the scheduled protest of the PTI would disturb the routine life of people living in twin cities besides incurring huge loss to the businesses.
The minister said it was the responsibility of the political parties in the Parliament to safeguard the democratic system. He also claimed that the stock market crashed due to undemocratic and unconstitutional demands of PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).
To a question, he said the government was ready to handle PTI protest. He advised Khan not to follow the agenda of “rejected elements”.
To another question, Saad said Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri did not believe in the democratic system and Constitution. He urged Qadri to take back his harsh words that he had spoken during the press conference against the personnel of law enforcement agencies. He urged political parties to accept the mandate of the PML-N given by the people of Pakistan in general elections.