ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid has urged Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri to avoid violent protests and abide by law and constitution of the country.
Talking to a private television, he appreciated the efforts by the political parties in resolving political issues through dialogue and said the government will be happy if Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) plays it role to convince the PAT Chief to refrain from agitation.
He said PAT activists including women were carrying nailed-batons and attacking police personnel, while Qadri was delivering provoking speeches and instigating his workers to worsen law and order situation, anarchy and chaos in the name of protests.
He said holding protests within legal and constitutional parameters was a right of every one but the government would not allow any one to challenge writ of the state. He said it was duty of the state to protect its citizens.
He regretted that Qadri was not ready to accept the democratically elected government and courts working under the Constitution, besides youngsters were being asked to submit their curriculum vitaes (CVs) with PAT Secretariat for jobs, to be given to them, after coming into power. The Minister also appreciated Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Chief Siraj-ul-Haq for making sincere efforts to resolve the issue, irrespective of that whether these remained successful or not.
He expressed the hope that the efforts of reconciliation and unity would bear fruit and politicians would be succeeded in giving the message of unity on the Independence Day.
Giving details of the National Security Conference held here, Pervaiz Rashid said the DG Military Operations gave a detailed briefing to the participants regarding the ongoing operation 'Zarb-e-Azb'.He said the conference, attended by leading political leadership of the country, was apprised that many objectives of the ongoing operation in North Waziristan Agency had already been achieved and the remaining would be achieved soon.
The participants were informed that human rights violations were being strictly avoided in the operation 'Zarb-e-Azb' as it was also part of the mission statement, he added. Replying to a question, Pervaiz Rashid said Interior Minister had already directed to all provincial governments to make all-out efforts to maintain law and order, for which all possible options could be used. He said the law and order situation had already improved in the country.
He referred to a recent Nielsen survey that the people had celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr in a befitting manner and bought Eid related items worth over Rs 800 billion. People bought Eid cakes worth Rs 1 billion and exchanged gifts among relatives.
He said elections-2013 were held in a free, fair and transparent manner, following which the country was getting strong and its economy improving gradually.