ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (GB&AJK), Barjees Tahir has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are working on specified hidden agenda to weaken democracy in the country.
Talking to APP, he said that country had lost billions of rupees due to sit-ins of PTI and PAT workers.
Barjees Tahir said that eleven political parties in the Parliament were supporting government stance on demands of both parties.
He appreciated the PTI President, Javeed Hashmi for taking a mature decision after hearing his conscience and exposed the PTI Chief Imran Khan and his un-constitutional motives to the nation.
The minister said that no member among the 446 members of Parliament was supporting the unconstitutional demands of Imran Khan and Dr. Tahirul Qadri.
He said that if cases of rebellions could be registered against Sofi Muhammad, then how the PTI and PAT heads could be spared from it.
To a question, he said that participants of so called “Inqilab” and “Azadi” marches disgraced the state institutions by attacking building of state TV channel and breaking Parliament’s gate, adding these elements should be handled with iron handed.
Suspension of PTV transmission had given negative impression to the world, he added.
He urged the security institutions to be on same page to end these attacks for strengthening the democratic system and maintaining the writ of government.
The government would not tolerate the disrespect of the state institutions, he maintained.
He termed the participants of marches as rebels who equipped with hammers, sticks, pellet bow, cutters, iron rods, cranes etc and attacked the government buildings.
To a question, he said the elements spreading political unrest were fear of the steps taken by the government for economic development of the country.
He was of the view that marches were called when neighboring country China was going to invest $ 32 billion in energy sectors of the country, adding that energy projects of 23,000 MW electricity were also under process.
Barjees Tahir said that worth of rupees was improved due to economic policies of government.
He was of the view that all state institutions were on same page to strengthen the democratic system of the country.
He, however, said that law enforcement agencies were asked not to use violence to disperse the participants of demonstrations and sit-ins of both parties.
To another question, he said that supremacy of the constitution was necessary for the prosperity of the country and resolving national issues.