RAWALPINDI -  Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that politics of sit-in will turn Pakistan into a banana republic.

“If we don’t want to make Pakistan a banana republic and to put it on track of development and prosperity then we must close chapter of politics of sit-in otherwise everybody will come on roads and streets to get his/her demand accepted by the government,” he said this while talking to journalists in Taxila on Saturday. PML-N MPA Umar Farooq was also present on the occasion.

Chaudhry Nisar said the country is passing through a critical phase and all stakeholders and political parties should work together to pull it out of crises.

Commenting over 22-day sit-in of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah at Faizabad, the PML-N stalwart said he has reservations over the government’s permission given to the TLYR for holding sit-in at Faizabad Interchange. “The sit-in staged by TLYR has paralysed the life in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and he had given suggestions to PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for immediate ending up the protest,” he added.

He said that it was the government not the interior ministry which had permitted the PTI to stage sit-in at D Chowk in 2014. Nisar said that the N League leadership should stand shoulder to shoulder with police, intelligence agencies and other law enforcement agencies in the time of need. He expelled the impression that Frontier Constabulary and police have no capability of controlling or ending protests, saying it was police and FC which rolled up 2014 sit-in of PTI in Islamabad.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also rejected the report that his guards opened fire at protestors during police operation to remove camps of TLYR at Faizabad Interchange. “The height of boundary walls of my house is 15 feet and all security guards have been deployed inside the house. There are no signs of bullets on walls as media can testify this,” he added.

Commenting on rejoining of Javed Hashmi, Nisar said that the doors of N League were always opened for Javed Hashmi. He said Javed Hashmi had called on ex-PM and party Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif and other leaders but had not made a formal announcement of joining the party.