LAHORE - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the government would thwart every unconstitutional and illegal attempt of the organisers of the protest march on August 14 as it has to preserve and protect democracy.
In an interview, the minister said that Imran Khan has the democratic right to protest but the PTI chairman wanted an end to the Parliament and democracy through unconstitutional means where as the government is determined to save the democratic setup. He said that majority in the Parliament is with democracy and they are not scared of just 35 members of the PTI in the National Assembly.
The minister said there is neither any mention of establishment of military courts under article 245 of the Constitution nor these are to be set up. He said the government has called in the army for the security of important installations in the capital and the army has been provided a legal cover under article 245 of the Constitution. He said the requisitioning of the army has neither anything to do with the PTI's Azadi March nor it would impact human rights in anyway.
He said the government was resolving the problems through political means. He said had the government not done so, there would have been different governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Pervaiz Rashid hoped that Imran Khan would produce proof against former CJP Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in the Supreme Court for electoral rigging, not tender apology in the Apex court as he did in the past.
Regarding Pervez Musharraf, the minister said his political friends were trying to save him, but the government would respect the court verdict in this connection.