PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Culture, Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that both the ruling and opposition parties are united against the conspiracy of Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran Chief, Tahir-ul-Qadri in the name of electoral reforms.

He was addressing a ceremony held in connection with launching a poetical collection - Da Qaam Shaheed - here at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday. The book was aimed to pay tributes to Mian Rashid Hussain. Besides others, the provincial Sports Minister Syed Aqil Shah, provincial Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz, prominent Pashto singer Bakhtiar Khattak and Shaukat Mahmood were present on the occasion.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the prevailing law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa badly affected the lives and properties of people while the ANP government also rendered numerous sacrifices for the cause of peace. He said that Awami National Party has started consultations with other parties for dialogue process and in this connection Chief of Army Staff and Prime Minister have also been taken into confidence.

He added that the government is going to complete its tenure while the reforms agenda, which has been put forward by Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul was aimed to push country fifty years back. He said that this long March is a failed step of Tahir-ul-Qadri for misleading the masses before upcoming general elections in the country.  

“The Tahir-ul-Qadri’s demands for dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies is unconstitutional and undemocratic, and he was badly failed,” the minister said while addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

He said that the forces behind support to the long march would find nothing except troubles to the masses traveling with Tahir-ul-Qadri for a meaningless purpose to dissolve the present setup and bring changes in the system. Tahir-ul-Qadri has the right to bring the changes but through ballet papers not so-called long march therefore, he should prefer to preparations for upcoming general elections instead of misleading the people, he suggested. Expressing his grave concern over bringing women and their infants in the long march in chilly weather, Mian Iftikhar Hussain said, that was also against human rights.

“If Tahir-ul-Qadri is not contesting election, let the people free to make preparations for forthcoming polls,” He asked Minhaj-ul-Qadri and vowed any bid for derailing democracy would be foiled.

The minister maintained that ruling parties and their coalition partners were taking all-out efforts to strengthen democracy in the country.  Responding to a query, he lamented that replacement of Balochistan government with governor rule was much unfortunate for the democratic process.

“There is no question of governor rule in KPK,” he denied and claimed that despite critical law and order situation and floods in the province, the ANP-led government succeeded in delivering relief to the masses.