ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said that government had only given role of facilitator to the army as per constitution and law.
Addressing a press conference, he said “Army was not given role of guarantor “Zamin” and mediator “Salis” as being said by Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri in their speeches.
Role of facilitation by army is within constitutional ambit, he added.
Chaudhry Nisar said statement of ISPR on facilitative role of army had in fact endorsed the government’s stance on the issue.
The ISPR’s statement was issued in consultation with the government and after Prime Minister’s read it, he said adding the statement reflected the government’s point of view.
He said despite his clarification unconstitutional color and shape was being given to a meeting between the army hierarchy and the government on Thursday.
Interior Minister said that army was already in Red Zone under Article 245 to fulfill its responsibility and uphold decision of the Supreme Court.
Few thousand protestors wanted to impose their will on democracy and rule of law including resignation of Prime Minister and Chief Minister Punjab, he added.
He said no government in future would work if tradition of gathering people in the capital and practice of making women as human shield continue, adding such things are not acceptable in a civilized society.
Interior Minister said Imran Khan was not accepting the government offer of a commission to investigate rigging allegations, jirga of ally parties and parliamentary committee for resolving the issue peacefully.
He said government had already accepted five demands of Imran Khan and one demand of resignation was made conditional to findings of the commission.
He questioned how could Prime Minister resign without verification of allegations.
Interior Minister said it was responsibility of the government to protect life and property of people and warned that protestors would be responsible if any mishap happened.