ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said that calling a prime minister who was elected by millions of people as God Father and Sicilian Mafia to an elected government was also an insult to them.

Talking to a news channel on Friday, she said the affected parties had the right to criticize the court decisions.

Responding to a question, she said an elected prime minister had been sent home on the basis of 'Iqama' but that verdict had not been accepted by the people of Pakistan and even the civil society had disapproved it.

She said Imran Khan had attacked the parliament, ridiculed the judiciary and abused the state institutions, but nobody had taken any notice of it.

She said for the last few days the self styled spokesmen had been propagating that the leadership of PML (N) would be convicted and sent to jail. She posed a question as to who had appointed them as spokesmen that they were making predictions before the verdict of the court?

The minister said Musharraf also denigrated the judiciary, adding who would decide about that?

She said Maryam Nawaz whose media trial was being conducted for the last one year was also a daughter of somebody.

The minister said Nawaz Sharif had announced the name of Shehbaz Sharif as a prospective candidate for premiership on merit as he was loved by masses.

Marriyum said Shehbaz Sharif was a laudable example for other provinces and their people also wanted a chief minister like him. The minister said that there was an exemplary bond of respect between the two brothers and Shehbaz Sharif invariably participated in all the meetings of the party besides being involved in devising strategy of the party.

Referring to the conviction of Nehal Hashmi, the minister said the party had already taken action against him by de-seating him, adding he had tendered an apology but even then he had been punished.

Marriyum said in 2018 elections, the PML (N) would go to the court of masses and once again would emerge triumphant as no other power or authority could compete with the power of the people.

Replying to yet another question, the minister claimed that the masses had spurned the politics of sit-ins as was evident from their non-participation in Lahore rally.

The minister observed, "Now the politics will be done on the basis of performance and service to people."