PTI’s Islamabad march will prove decisive, Pervez KhattakAugust 3, 2014
Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that PTI’s Islamabad march will prove decisive. He added that all the political and religious parties have welcomed the call of Imran Khan to dethrone two “Kings” sitting in Islamabad and Lahore whose govts are infact the product of rigging in polls held in May 2013, he added. He vowed mid-term election is the only solution of the political imbroglio in the country.
Talking to the media in Islamabad, he also made it clear that his party leader Imran Khan wanted pure democracy in Pakistan and has engaged all of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers for the purpose to pave way for corruption free new Pakistan where supremacy of law, merit and justice is ensured for all and sundry.
Pervez Khattak said the ‘long march’s decision on August 14 was final and it would decide the fate of the federal government. “The days of the rulers are numbered,” he added. He said the time had now come to get rid of the government installed as the result of record rigging in the May 11, 2013 general elections.
He said the time for thumb impression verification and recounting of votes in four National Assembly constituencies was over. “We will not agree to anything expert mid-term election now,” he added.
Regarding the federal government’s desire to meet PTI leadership and address the party’s reservations and discuss its demands, Pervez Khattak said Imran Khan neither did any backdoor diplomacy in the past nor would he do so in future. “We demanded and struggled for reforms in the electoral process for a year to prevent rigging and ensure transparency in the future elections but the government didn’t listen to us,” he maintained. He said his party did its best to resolve the issues through talks in a amicable political manner.
He alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet members paid no heed to the PTI demands. “Where were these people a year ago when we were demanding electoral reforms and ready to resolve the issues through dialogue?” he questioned.
The Chief Minister alleged that the prime minister was acting like a king. “He tried to impose his will on other politicians and political parties and didn’t respect political norms and writ of the national institutions, “he alleged. “ His (Nawaz Sharif’, s) dictatorial attitude has disappointed the opposition and it has now threatened to come out to the streets to stage protests. Consensus is being developed among all the parties to join hands against Nawaz Sharif government,” he said.
He said that one million people would participate in the PTI’s ‘long march’ and no force would be able to stop them from proceeding to Islamabad as per their plan. He said such a peaceful march is our democratic right and hoped that centre will not turn it violent through use of force.
Warning against the arrest of the party workers and leaders, Pervez Khattak said the federal government was planning to create hurdles in the way of ‘long march’. He said the PTI’s ‘long march’ had caused panic in the government and unnerved its ministers which, he said, proves the malice of intentions in minds of the rulers in centre .
He said that if the federal government was dissolved then all the provincial assemblies including Punjab would have to meet the same fate. However he said that sacrifices on part of all political forces are pre-requisite to ensure true democracy and provide relief to the poor in the country.
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