ISLAMABAD- Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique today said that nobody could forcefully take resignation from the prime minister.

“Whatever is being demanded by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has its solution in the parliament. Any attempt to siege the parliament will not succeed,” he said while talking to media outside Parliament House.

He asked whether bringing baton-wielding brigade towards a parliament was democracy. “We went for a dialogue with protesting forces after the go-ahead from the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT),” he said.

“We cannot allow a handful of people to hold assembly hostage. The Army will protect the constitution,” he added. Saad Rafique said supporters of Imran Khan wasted their votes. The government, he said, was showing flexibility; therefore protesters must also flex their muscles too.

He said Imran Khan’s statements hurt sentiments of the nation. The minister said all institutions were working within law and constitution. “If we compromise, no government will complete tenure in the future,” he said.

Commenting over the National Assembly’s unanimous resolution for the supremacy of the constitution and democracy, Saad Rafique said that the resolution reflects the opinion of the people. Criticizing leaders of both parties, PTI and PAT, he said: “Government showed willingness for talks from very beginning and still wants to talk with the parties to end the crisis,” he added.