LAHORE  - Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief to lead the issues to Parliament for debate instead of streets.

Interacting with newsmen here, Rafique vehemently criticised PTI’s Sunday protest in Lahore, and said street protests by this party did not reflect Imran Khan’s political maturity and his posture as a responsible citizen.

The minister said PTI’s demonstration was, in fact, a revenge which Khan wanted to exact on the people out of sheer frustration for not becoming the prime minister. He advised Khan not to follow the voice of Sheikh Rashid and end the politics of sit-ins which,, according to him, was causing harm to the country as well as its economy.

Rafique asked Khan to examine his own province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where he thought good governance had been established just by administering a few drops of polio vaccine to children. He questioned Khan why he wanted to become a threat to the democratic system, and said his direction towards weakening the government would not serve anyone’s interest.  The minister termed PTI protest as a show of antics by Khan and Sheikh Rashid. He asked Khan to let the government breathe, and said PTI would be committing gross violation of the Lahore High Court orders if it forced its protest on The Mall.

The minster further said the government was not afraid of PTI, but wanted to tell the nation what the proper course of taking up the various issues was. “It is Parliament and not streets.”  He said millions of rupees were being spent on PTI protest that could be utilized in a better manner if this all went in donations to Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital.