ISLAMABAD -  Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Tuesday that ensuring national security and safeguarding national interest was the responsibility of the state and to fulfill that obligation sacrifice had to be offered and consequently the law minister resigned in the larger national interest.

Talking to the media outside the Accountability Court and Punjab House, she said that the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad had heaved a sigh of relief over the ending of the sit-in which ended the chaos and anarchy that prevailed in the country. She said that the country could not afford such circumstances and all of them would have to move forward collectively so that the country never again faced such situations. She also urged the media to play a role in that regard.

Responding to a question, she said that during the last two days, the country was faced with a deplorable situation and it was very difficult to deal with it. She said that it was time to look ahead and stop looking back because it could take the country back by decades, which the future generations could not afford to inherit.

The minister said that the party which was obstructing the passage of the electoral bill was not being fair to Pakistan and the posterity. Marriyum said that the delay in the elections would not be in the interest of the country and all political parties had to play their role in ensuring timely passage of the bill.

She said that the National Assembly had approved the amendment bill and the Senate was meeting in the second week of December, therefore, it was incumbent upon all the political parties to deliberate on the issue. She expressed the hope that the election would be held on time in 2018.

Marriyum pointed out that everyone knew the conditions of the country when the former prime minister assumed power in 2013 and where the country stood when he was disqualified in 2017.

She said that it was a developing, shining and rising Pakistan where peace was fast returning and the curse of terrorism had been checked in its tracks adding that what happened recently was really very regrettable.

Regarding the deliberations of PML-N consultative meeting, she said that the forum discussed the circumstances that prevailed in the country during the last two days and other important issues. The minister said that the former prime minister appeared before the NAB court despite false allegations against him.

She said that the former prime minister had made a pledge with the people to uphold the sanctity of the law and the constitution.

The minister said that Nawaz Sharif put the country on the road to development during the last four years which could not be done during the last 20 years.

Marriyum said that the public rallies of the PML-N would be held according to the given schedule and the participation of the former prime minister at the public meeting in Quetta was very much on the cards.     

She said that Sharif’s wife was sick and under treatment in London and he had to visit her frequently. Marriyum said that it was a very difficult situation for him adding that he would go to London whenever he deemed it necessary.   

She lamented that whenever he left for London an impression was given that he would not return, which was very unreasonable. The minister also confirmed a meeting between the former prime minister and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.