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Protests can’t scare us: Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that supremacy of constitution is the first and foremost priority and that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was not in a panic form protests.

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Addressing in the Assembly, the premier covered various facets of the persisting political issues and homeliness. He said that the struggle for strengthening democracy and constitution would continue for the betterment of Pakistan.

“I have taken an oath to protect the constitution and it’s my promise that I will never betray my duty,” said the premier.

Lauding the lawmakers for unanimously passing a resolution to back democratic system in the country, he said there was no instance of such unanimity in the history of Pakistan.

“Without any discrimination of opposition and treasury benches, nine out of ten political parties voted in support of the resolution,” he raised a point.

Pressured by protesters, Nawaz Sharif thanked all the political parties, lawyers, journalists, civil society and businessmen for supporting the democratic ideology.

“I am happy to know that you are backing democracy and supremacy of constitution as this is victory of ideology…PM and government keep changing but supremacy of constitution and democracy is important,” he said, adding that this Parliament, which is supporting democracy, is representative of 200 million people.

Referring to the previous general elections, Nawaz expressed that they did not protested but rather acknowledged the results whole heartedly.

“Even my and Shahbaz Sharif’s nomination papers were rejected but we continued campaigning,” expressed the premier adding that they did not accused the elections to be rigged.

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Regarding PTI’s stand against the government and especially against him, Nawaz said that he himself visited Imran while he was in the hospital immediately after the elections and was congratulated by inured Imran.

“Imran assured that he would support any efforts of government in the economic progress,” Mr. Sharif said.

Nawaz said that now when the country is on the way to prosperity and democracy is being nurtured, Imran instead supporting us, is leading the country towards anarchy. Upon Imran’s demand of PM’s resignation, the premier raised a question of how PM’s office could be given status of Office on Special Duty (OSD).

“As per my information, even some saner elements in PTI are suggesting Imran Khan to withdraw his demand of PM’s resignation…. But now it is only a matter of ego,” he said.

“We have even clarified that if it is proved that anyone has rigged the elections then not only the PM but we all will resign on moral ground,” he said.

About the development in talks with PTI, he said in spite the failure of previous four phases of negotiations, they would continue their struggles to negotiate.

“Numerous telephone calls and after four round of dialogue, we will continue of efforts, and have requested PTI not to close the door on this process,” he added.

About PAT, he said that he had only one meeting with Dr Qadri emphasizing the need for direct access to him to discuss the matters involved.

“We have four rounds of discussion with PAT members…. If they have a reforms package, they should bring it forth so that we can give it legal platform of Parliament for execution,” he said.

 

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