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Musharraf in blind alley: Prevaiz Rashid

26 January, 2014

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had entered a blind alley and it was better for him to surrender to the law.

Talking to media persons after addressing a seminar on the 'Restoration of the Film Industry' at a private university here, he said there was nothing wrong with the health of Musharraf though his ability to think had grown weak.

"If Musharraf comes out of the hospital, he will have to face the court; if he stays there, he will undergo surgery," said the minister and advised Musharraf that it was better to face the court.

Observing that the Constitution was supreme and equal for all, Rashid said the time had gone when criminals escaped from the country, adding that they would not be allowed to do so now.

The minister said the government will take Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan into confidence on a military operation against terrorists. He said options were ready on the table to deal with terrorism and the state's writ will be established countrywide.

Earlier, addressing the seminar, Rashid said the government was planning to offer more incentives to cinema houses to boost the cinema culture in the country.

He said children should have been given paint and brushes instead of guns and suicide jackets for the cause of establishing a peaceful society.

He regretted that South Punjab, once famous for a vibrant film industry, was now known for terms like the Punjabi Taliban.

He appreciated the work of all those associated with the Pakistani film industry and assured the government's all-out support for the revival of Pakistani cinema.

APP adds: Pervaiz Rashid said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif believed in the supremacy of law. He said the foreign hand involved in terrorism would be eliminated once the government succeeded in bringing people committing subversive acts to the right path. He said the government was determined to tackle internal challenges by all means.

About a meeting of the Council of Common Interests, he said it was convened as per democratic traditions in which all the provinces shared their views and discussed matters like the census and other issues.

Replying to a question, the minister said the idea for convening an APC on the price hike was uncalled-for, as the government was aware of its responsibilities.

"All issues being faced by the nation will be discussed in the forthcoming session of the National Assembly. All institutions perform their roles as per the policy of the government and work within their constitutional limits," he said.

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