ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday said that Imran’s “Plan C” was aimed at spreading anarchy in the country.
He said people had rejected the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan’s call for shutter down. Neither traffic nor schools and business centres remained closed in Faisalabad, he added.
Speaking at a press conference here, the minister said, “Routine activities continued in Faisalabad today and there was no sign of shutter down in the city.” The PTI workers resorted to violence, riots and vandalism, he added.
Acting upon the dictation of PTI chief, the baton-wielding workers tried to barge into educational institutions, the minister said and added it was a similar scene like Swat, where a brave daughter of the country stood against such miscreants who forced to close schools.
The teachers and students of various schools of Faisalabad today repeated the same history by resisting the PTI’s move to shut down educational institutions forcibly, he added.
Pervaiz Rashid said that the PTI chief should have moral courage to take the responsibility of what happened in Faisalabad today.
He said that the PTI’s sit-in was an attempt to create lawlessness in the country, besides weakening democracy.
While strongly condemning the PTI’s shutter down call, the minister said that sit-in plan in Faisalabad could not succeed due to no support from the public.
He said that Imran had to change his plan to shut down Faisalabad soon after strong criticism by people. Shah Mehmood Qureshi personally visited the area and said that they would only stage protest rather than going for shutter down. But Imran again vetoed him as he did with his negotiating team.
The minister said, “Today’s violence by the PTI workers in Faisalabad is merely action replay of what they had already done at the Constitution Avenue.”
Pervaiz Rashid said all democratic forces of the country were united to foil nefarious designs of anti-state elements who wanted to derail democracy.
The minister said PTI sit-ins have badly failed adding that ‘Plan A’ of Imran Khan was an attack on democracy while “Plan B” was aimed at besieging democracy and creating panic and scare in major cities.
Similarly, the “Plan C” was to create anarchy while ‘Plan D’ aimed at destroying the entire country, he added.
Pervaiz Rashid said majority of the people have rejected the shutdown call given by Imran Khan. Civil society, traders and business community had expressed serious reservations over the unconstitutional move of shutting down the city, he said.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the PTI Chairman was inciting the people to violence. Baton-wielding PTI’s workers entered many schools in Faisalabad to shut them down, but they failed owing to strong resistance from teachers and students, he said.
He said Imran Khan had asked his workers to go on rampage and scuffle with police in Faisalabad. He said the PTI chairman should now accept that the people paid no heed to his shutdown call.
He called upon Imran Khan to shun the politics of violence and promote healthy politics in the country.
“When democratic forces were rendering great sacrifices for the cause of democracy, Imran was playing his role as an entertainer enjoying his cricket,” the minister said and added that Imran Khan was also reaping fruits of democracy, which was restored after great struggle of the masses.
Pervaiz Rashid said Imran Khan had kept his sons at a safer abode while he was spoiling the future of children in the country. Responding to a question, Pervaiz Rashid said that there was no issue of ego on the part of government. He said Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif went to the hospital, where Imran Khan was admitted after falling down from the stage at an election rally, to inquire after his health. He also visited Imran’s residence in Bani Gala in Islamabad, which showed government’s fair intentions.
To a question, the minister said the government was ready to resume dialogue process with the PTI.
The minister said the government has exercised utmost restraint and demonstrated tolerance in PTI’s case, which should not be misunderstood as its weakness.
The minister said the government and PML-N had expressed deep grief and sorrow over Faisalabad firing incident resulting in killing of an innocent person.
He said that action would be taken against the culprits whom footage were shown by TV channels.