LAHORE - Sr PPP leader Mian Manzoor Wattoo on Monday said he stood by his prediction made earlier that PTI would take back its call for long march on the capital. “The long march and the military operation cannot be pursued in tandem because security considerations could not be afforded to put in the periphery for the sake of party politics. It does not make sense by any criterion”, he argued in a statement. He expressed the hope that the PTI leadership would respond to the call of country’s political leadership and would not make the Independence Day controversial because it would invoke laughter of the world at our expense.Manzoor observed these were the times to focus on mitigating the miseries of the IDPs, improving law and order, reducing abject poverty, controlling loadshedding, and ensuring delivery of services in health and education including other civic amenities aimed at providing relief to the people.He said the country was in dire need of a measured degree of maturity and responsibility.He maintained that the political leadership should spare no effort in the promotion and strengthening of democracy because the survival of the country and thereafter the social development of the people were at stake. The consequential political stability of the functioning democracy would dawn an era of peace and security for all and sundry, he added.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 16-Jul-2014 here.