LAHOPRE – Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo said on Friday it was due to the reconciliation policy followed by the PPP government that no political party was willing to seek help from the army for dislodging the government despite having differences with it.

“This is for the first time in the country’s history that no political party is looking towards the army to dislodge the government,” he said while addressing an Iftar dinner hosted in his honour by PPP leader Munir Ahmad Khan at the Wafaqi Colony grounds.

Samina Khalid Ghurki, Samsam Bokhari, Aslam Gill, Azizur Rehman Chan, Mian Misbahur Rehman, Samina Khawar Hayat and Umer Sharif Bokhari were also present on the occasion.

Wattoo said the judiciary, which had always supported dictatorship in the past, had now become the biggest hurdle in the way of ousting the government. Terming it a positive development in the country’s politics, he said positive changes were also taking place in other fields.

The minister for Kashmir Affairs asked the parties seeking early elections to be patient and wait until March 2013. He said the PPP was not in favour of the ongoing exchange of barbs between the PML-N and the PTI since it believed in politics of reconciliation.

Wattoo said the judiciary should also observe restrain in exercise of its powers and play its due role to strength democracy in the country. He, however, hurried to add that democracy was facing no danger from any side at the moment.

Wattoo criticised Shahbaz Sharif for what he called doing “politics of tents” and asked him to concentrate on the deteriorating law and order situation in the province. He also advised the Punjab chief minister to spend more money on health and education instead of allocating Rs23 billion to a single road.