PESHAWAR - Leaders of various political parties and some of PTI’s own members strongly criticised the launching of civil disobedience movement by Imran Khan and termed it a revolt against the State institutions.

Talking to The Nation, Provincial General Secretary of PML-N Rahmat Salam Khattak said that it is very shocking decision on the part of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman to mobilise people against the State institutions by asking them not to pay utility bills and taxes.

He said that all the political parties and the masses have rejected this announcement of the PTI chief.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already promised to constitute a committee, which would probe the alleged rigging in general elections of May 2013.

He said that after the assurance of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PTI Chairman must quit his long march and come to the table of dialogue to resolve all issues. 

Awami National Party Provincial Information Secretary Sardar Hussain Babak said that at a time when the province is already facing serious economic problems, the launching of civil disobedience movement would be tantamount to economic suicide.

He said that Imran Khan should resolve all the problems inside the Assembly and if he does not value these Assemblies, then he should resign from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

He said that civil disobedience movement would not only affect the federal government but would also affect the provinces especially the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that according to Chaudhry Nisar, there were 60 to 70,000 unregistered votes at every constituency, which also include constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that after passage of one year, there is no justification of protest against rigging.

Commenting on Imran civil disobedience movement, Provincial Information Secretary of JUI-F Haji Jalil Jan said that Imran Khan’s yearn for power could not force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign as he is an elected Prime Minister of the country and nobody could dare to remove him through unconstitutional means.

He said that if Imran Khan can address 10,000 party workers, then Maulana Fazlur Rehman have the capacity to address million of party workers but this is not the solution to any issue as every demand could not be made on roads.

Leader of PPP Ayub Shah while commenting in a polite tone called upon the PTI leadership to abstain from any unconstitutional step, as the country was not in the position to face any political crisis.

He said that PPP is ready playing a role of mediator between the government and PTI to resolve the existing crisis in the country.

He said the country is already confronted with terrorism and lawlessness and forcing people toward another crisis would not be a prudent step.

Besides other political parties, several workers of PTI are not happy with Imran  Khan’s ‘illegal’ demands and suggested that their chief should resolve the issue through independent commission.