ISLAMABAD - Terming the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf demonstration at D-Chowk a complete flop show, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) grilled Imran Khan for adopting a course of violence after seeing the failure of his ongoing protest.

Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid, while giving his reaction on what he termed a flop show of PTI, said that after failure of his 'A' and 'B' plans Imran Khan has come up with 'C' plan to seize the major cities, and in a way pushing his party workers into a direct conflict with the law enforcement agencies.

He advised the PTI chief to shun the politics of disruption and resolve the issues through available negotiations forum of Parliament.

Interestingly, the PML-N spokesman much before the start of the PTI rally had declared it a flop show saying that Imran Khan kept on waiting for his supporters and activists to come since afternoon.

Talking to a private TV channel, Pervaiz Rashid ruled out holding talks with Imran Khan and said the government will instead confront the PTI chief.

The federal minister said: “We are sons of Pakistan and we will confront Imran Khan in every city.”

He said neither Lahore will shut down nor Faisalabad. Imran Khan intended to paralyse the whole country because Pakistan has enhanced its reach up to Kabul and Middle East.

“Those challenging the atomic power will get a befitting response,” he said, adding, ‘is Imran Khan under the impression that we will observe silence on such a statement’.

Hinting that Imran Khan was part of an anti-state conspiracy, the minister said the international media had predicted two years ago that Pakistan would become a failed state in 2015.

Prime Minister's Political Secretary Dr. Asif Kirmani said that people of Pakistan could not be hoodwinked by Imran any longer adding that it was out of frustration that he came with a new protest strategy one after the other because all his negative plans were rejected by the people who wanted to see the country march on road to progress and prosperity under the able leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, commenting on the PTI protest plan, said that if Imran genuinely wanted to resume talks with the government then he should have to adopt 'decent attitude' instead of indulging in blame game.

He also said Imran wanted to pressurize government and dictate top judiciary to get his irrational and unlawful demands met but made it loud and clear that the government would not bow to such negative tactics.

Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: After Imran Khan’s warning to shut down Pakistan if his party’s demands are not met, Jamaat-e-Islami Secertary General Liaquat Baloch has urged both the government and PTI to pursue the way of dialogue as the country cannot afford the existing crisis.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), however, supported PTI’s call to shut down the country, saying Khan’s protest over rigging was his right and that the corrupt system must end.

Talking to The Nation on Sunday, Liaquat Baloch offered his party’s role of a facilitator to bring both the government and PTI to table.

He held that political issues should be resolved in a political way and through dialogue. He added that violence in politics would be harmful not only for PTI and PML-N but also for the country.

The JI leader said they were still trying to pursue both the parties for dialogue, adding the government and PTI should start dialogue at once. He advised both the parties to understand each other’s point of view and start talks immediately to end the political turmoil.

Liaquat Baloch viewed the success of PTI’s fresh call on the condition of the people’s support at large. If the people responded to Imran Khan’s call for shutdown in a large number, his party could give a powerful message to the rulers in favour of their demands, he added.

PAT spokesperson Noorullah said his party morally supported PTI’s fresh call of shutting down Lahore, Karachi and other cities. He said PAT believed that this government had come to power after a massive rigging and it was Dr Tahirul Qadri who first of all pointed out the rulers’ plan of rigging the general elections. Noorullah added Qadri held the long march in January 2013 to reform the electoral process. Had the reforms been introduced at that time, such turmoil would have been avoided, he asserted. He said PAT and its allies would decide with consultations about the physical presence of their workers in PTI’s shutdown movement.