ROTTERDAM (Holland) - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid Sunday said the sit-ins being staged by Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tahrik (PAT) were creating hurdles in the country’s development.

Addressing the Pakistani community here, Pervaiz Rashid said the Chinese President was forced to postpone his visit to Pakistan, who was due to launch several development projects.

The minister said Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri preferred petty personal political gains over vital national interests.

It would have been better had Imran Khan and Qadri told the Chinese Ambassador that they were ending sit-ins. The same, he added, could have been organized again after the Chinese President’s departure.

He said no foreign leader came to a country where the parliament and national television stations were attacked.

Pervaiz Rashid said there was potential of 16,000 megawatt cheap electricity production in the country and China was fully supporting in energy sector.

The minister informed the audience that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would visit China next month and several new projects would be launched with Chinese assistance.

He said Imran Khan had levelled allegations but did not go to courts. Now he was blaming returning officers for rigging in 2013 general election and even claiming that a printing press had printed ballot papers.

The owners of press, he added, had now gone to courts and Imran Khan was avoiding to file response.