LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Law, Sports and Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad said on Thursday the government was determined to uphold the Constitution and no one would be allowed to derail the democracy.
Speaking to media persons here at the Punjab Sports Board, he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was a democratic party, which believed in the dialogue process to settle all political issues.
The party, he said, since coming into power was striving to put the country on the road of progress and prosperity. But, he regretted, some unscrupulous elements, who did not want to see Pakistan an economically stable state, were bent upon to harm it.
The minister said all-out efforts were being made to steer the country out of crises. Energy projects of 10,400 megawatt with the cooperation of China had been launched to overcome load-shedding in the country, he added.
He said the rivals were afraid of the 14-month performance of the PML-N government as rupee value had been stabled, exports increased and new power projects were launched in the country.
Mashhood said the Independence Day was a day to express harmony and unity with those Pakistani brothers and sisters (internally displaced persons), who had left their homes for the cause of country. It was also the day to show solidarity with the Pakistan Aarmy, which were fighting a war against terrorists in North Waziristan.
To a question, he said the people had given mandate to the PML-N and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) must respect it. The parliament was the best forum for carrying out reforms, he added.
The minister said PTI chief Imran Khan should not make his party a B-team of Dr Tahirul Qadri. “Sheikh Rasheed and Pervaiz Elahi, who are participating in the Azadi March, have already been rejected by the people,” he added.
To another query, he said the Federal Government was in contact with the PTI regarding arrangements of the long march. He urged the PTI leadership to coordinate with the Federal Capital’s administration regarding their plans so that the government could facilitate them accordingly and maintain peace, law and order.
Regarding the ‘revolution’ march of Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT), he said the PAT chief was hatching conspiracies through his fiery speeches and statements which could create unrest and create law and order situation in the country.
Rana Mashhood shrugged off allegations of corruption levelled by a private TV anchor against him and termed the same baseless and groundless. He denied of minting money through any kind of corruption, saying a joint investigation team of FIA had declared him innocent while a court on the basis of JIT report also cleared him.