LAHORE- Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said that political orphans like Chaudhrys and Sheikh Rashid were trying to pretend of having support of GHQ and questioned as to why the state institution would back the undemocratic forces.

He said that PTI was talking of long march not for politics but to create lawlessness in the country.  In an interview, Saad Rafiq, who is a known PML-N hawk, said Imran Khan was least abreast of law and constitution and in fact was an incurable psychological case. He said “a person who does not know how to move a notice in the National Assembly, how can he run a party or do politics in Pakistan.”

The minister said the PML-N was ready to go to Imran Khan to persuade him that long march was not in the interest of the country at this point of time. He said “the government does not feel any threat from Imran Khan if he takes along ten million people instead of the claim of one million.” He said Imran Khan faced security threats while the country at this point of time needed unity.  

Saad Rafiq said the government was fully behind the army in war against terrorism and said if anybody took extra constitutional step, he would get punishment. He said in the case of Musharraf, the PML-N saved politics and not the government.  In reply to a question, Saad Rafiq said personally he was in favor of four-year term for the government and the assembly.

To another question, the Railways minister said that the PML-N has no need to instigate Arsalan Iftikhar and emphasized that there is no alternative to Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the PML-N.

He admitted that he had good relations with Dr Tahirul Qadri in the past. However, he said, Dr Qadri now speaks foul instead of following the law and constitution. He said instead of all these things, Dr Qadri is still a Pakistani and talks could be held with him in the future.