ISLAMABAD -  State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday claimed that the next general elections would be held on time and all political parties had shown political maturity in that regard.

She, while talking to media here, denied all the news about the resignation of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and praised his efforts for brining improvement in country’s economy.

Aurangzeb mentioned that there was no comparison of today’s Pakistani economy with the economic situation of 2013. She said that the democracy was on the right track in Pakistan with the support of the people.

The state minister said that the incumbent government was playing its role against terrorism in the country and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gave permission for Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

She criticised the Faizabad sit-in and declared it continuity of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s last anti-government sit-in. The state minister said that the PTI threw out the person who criticised wrong party policies.

She said that several PTI leaders did not support party policies and few of them were ready to leave the party soon. Aurangzeb said, “We believe in freedom of expression but this should be exercised with responsibility.” The state minister said that it was the result of government’s efforts that overall law and order situation stood improved.

The development would have silenced those who were demanding premature polls in the country, she said, adding that the country was fast moving towards political stability and democracy was gaining strength with every passing day.

The minister observed that the federal and provincial governments, and law enforcing agencies had played a very significant role in establishing peace in the country with an unfaltering determination and commitment.

The minister, in response to a question regarding desertions from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), said a big number of PTI members did not agree with the brand of politics practised by the party and it appeared that more and more of them would leave it in the coming days.

Anybody daring to speak the truth, she added, would be expelled from the PTI because how could a person, who himself was a great liar, tolerate those who told the truth. Imran was reaping now what he had sown earlier, she added.

Responding to another question, the minister reiterated that ensuring the ascendency of law and constitution in the country was the vision of Nawaz Sharif. The Pakistani nation had grappled with the scourge of terrorism for 35 years and the government was continuing its efforts to restore complete peace in the country, she added.

The minister addressing the ceremony at the end of Rugby League match between Pakistan and Italy said that the government was striving hard to promote sports in the country and along with cricket fields the grounds for other sports were also witnessing the revival of international competitions. International cricket, football and Rugby matches were being held in Pakistan and the federal and provincial governments were providing fool-proof security to the foreign players, she added.

The minister said that as far as sports were concerned the youth of the country were highly talented.

Marriyum said that the Pakistan Cricket Board deserved congratulations for reviving international cricket in Pakistan. She commended the efforts of the organizers of sports events and also thanked the students of the colleges and universities, who had come to watch the rugby match.The ambassador of Italy, players of both the teams, office-bearers of the Rugby Leagues of the two countries and a large number of people were present on the occasion. Italy defeated Pakistan by 32-22. The minister also distributed prized among the players at the end of the match.