ISLAMABAD- Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said, at a time when armed forces are engaged in operation against terrorists in North Waziristan, the lives of the masses should not be put at stake by resorting to protests.

In a statement, Khawaja Asif urged Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir ul Qadri to refrain from risking people's lives by staging protests. He said that terrorists should not be given an opportunity to target citizens. "Tahir ul Qadri should not risk the life of their supporters by holing protest demonstrators," he suggested.
Khwaja Asif said that Chaudhry brothers of Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) and PAT chief Tahir-ul-Qadri had no future adding that Tahir-ul-Qadri did not like democracy. He said most of the demands of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) President Tahir-ul-Qadri are ridiculous.
He said it is high time for the political parties to alleviate the sufferings of the Internally Displaced Persons and not to provide any opportunity to the terrorists carry out any act of terrorism. He said the demands of Tahirul Qadri are just to attract the attention of the media.