Opponents of democracy will bite the dust: PM Ashraf
01 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday said that no one could blackmail, threaten or coerce the Pakistan People's Party to abandon democracy.
Addressing a large gathering at the inauguration of the Gujar Khan campus of the Virtual University at the Convention Centre, the PM said the country's future was with democracy alone and political forces must stand united to thwart any attempt to derail it.
He said that all backdoor channels leading to power had been blocked and the key to power now rested with the people. Raja said that no one should even dare to consider the PPP government weak, and urged all democracy-loving people to stand united and work for the future of a strong democratic country. He said that the military leadership, judiciary and media would stand together with political forces to thwart any attack on democracy.
He lamented the comments of some "pseudo-intellectuals" who had been harbouring the notion that democracy would be derailed, and said that they must get rid of that idea.
He said the elections would be held on time, in the next few weeks, and be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner.