ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that there is no likelihood of martial law being imposed in Pakistan and that such an act is synonymous to breaking the country.

In an interview with a private TV channel, Ahsan said the military leadership believes in following the country’s law and constitution.

He further said that there are certain lobbies in the United States which wish to see martial law in Pakistan. This is so that Pakistan can be turned into a failed state and deprived of its atomic weapons, he said.

The interior minister has on various occasions stressed on the supremacy of the civilian government while criticising those “trying to create rift between institutions".  Responding to a question, Ahsan claimed that there is no clash between institutions, adding that the elections will be held on time in 2018.