Gilani asks PM to allow protest in Islamabad

August 11, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senior Vice Chairman and former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has asked Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to allow people to stage protest in Islamabad and said that baring people from peaceful protest would create a clash-like situation, which would not be in favour of the country.

Talking to media at Karachi Press Club, Gilani said that Nawaz Sharif should remember his time when he led a long march from Lahore against PPPP government. He asked prime minister to allow people to stage protest in the capital and said that if permitted, the protestors would return peacefully to their homes after staging protest.

“What threat Nawaz Sharif is feeling from the protestors?” he asked adding that the current situation was developed due to the narrow-mindedness of the government.

He said that the government had not paid any attention towards parliament. “This crisis could have been averted if the government had paid attention towards parliament,” he said adding that the government had power of 18 million people behind it to tackle this situation.

Gilani said that as per the constitution, every Pakistani has the right to stage protest and government should go along with the constitution, otherwise, complications would be created which would be harmful for the country.

The former premier said that Zulfikar Bhutto and Benazir started the journey of democracy in the country and PPPP would safeguard it at any cost. “In our tenure, Nawaz Sharif and Tahirul Qadri launched long marches but we did not stop anyone,” he said adding that PPPP had set up water facilities for Qadri’s long march to facilitate the protestors.

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