Khuhro demands Imran, Qadri to end sit-insSeptember 1, 2014
KARACHI: Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Tuesday demanded of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri to end sit-ins in Islamabad and miseries facing protestors.
Talking to media men at his office, Khuhro said: “Unless rigging is proved in elections, Imran has no right to demand resignation from prime minister.”
He said that rigging was also reported in KPK elections but Imran was not ready to accept it. “Imran Khan admitted to rigging in PTI intra-party polls and there may be a chance that he may have rigged elections for PTI chairman for himself,” he said adding that Imran should resign from his party post and initiate investigations into the rigging allegations.
Khuhro said that he was emotional for democracy and people of Pakistan were emotional for it also because they had sacrificed their leaders Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto for progress of democracy.
“Qadri and Imran participated in controversial 2002 elections but boycotted 2008 elections which were even recognized by international community as first ever positive transaction of power in Pakistan,” he said, adding that Qadri wanted to dissolve this assembly and wind up this system which was not possible.
The minister said that Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri embarrassed Pakistan Army after dragging them into this political situation. He asked as to why Imran accepted Chief of Army Staff as facilitator in resolving this crisis and rejected facilitation role of political parties. “COAS is the subordinate of prime minister then why Imran want a subordinate to become facilitator in resolving the crisis,” he said.
He said that protests were held against rigging in past also but there was no example of such protests where the protestors were not ready to negotiate and had besieged the federal capital.
“International community is mocking Pakistani leaders over current situation but the leaders are hesitant to do anything,” he said.
He said that Nawaz made mistakes by not opening four constituencies over rigging allegations and allowing protestors to enter Islamabad.
Khuhro said that the parliamentary parties had vowed to protect supremacy of the parliament. “Qadri is calling for national government but why there is need for such a government when all assemblies have mandate from people,” he said.
He saluted Hashmi for exposing hands behind Imran and Qadri’s sit-ins and said that PPP would welcome Javed Hashmi in their party. He said that both leaders should now wind up their protests otherwise someone else like Hashmi would also come forward to expose both leaders.
He said that PPP, PML-N and other parties agreed over charter of democracy to protect provincial autonomy and constitution and they would continue to protect it. “I am hopeful that democracy and current parliament would continue,” he concluded.