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PTI should also stage sit-in in KP: Pervaiz

23 December, 2013

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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was also mired by the price hike and terrorism and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) should also stage a sit-in there.

The minister, while criticising the PTI chief, said that those who were crying over inflation and high prices should first take steps to provide relief in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

"The PML-N also knows, how to stage protests in KP but we will not do this for the sake of democracy," he added. He said the country could not afford the politics of chaos which Imran Khan was following.

He said the purpose of PTI's rally in Lahore was not to protest against the price hike but to attain a hidden agenda and vowed that the government would not allow these designs to succeed.

Talking to media persons here about the PTI's rally against the price hike, Pervaiz said prices could not be brought down by protests and 'dharnas' but through concrete steps for which the PML-N government was taking practical measures. He pointed out that the government had brought down inflation and expressed the confidence that the prices of essential commodities would further come down.

He said the PML-N had to its credit the Metro Bus and other projects for the betterment of the people and questioned as to what change the Imran Khan-led PTI had brought about in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in the last six months. He said instead of staging rallies and sits-in, the PTI should come out with positive suggestions in parliament to bring down the prices.

He said during the last five months, the PML-N government reduced loadshedding significantly and as a result of its prudent economic policies the rupee had appreciated against the dollar. He said it was in the knowledge of everyone that due to positive steps, the country had been strengthened economically and foreign investment was coming to Pakistan.

The minister said Imran Khan should speak the truth before the nation instead of uttering lies and clearly state as to why he was blocking Nato supplies. He should also make a commitment that he would not go to Nato countries to collect donations if he was serious about the blockade of Nato supplies, he maintained.

"If Imran Khan wants an end to the Afghan war, why is he stopping Nato supplies," he asked. He said that the PTI's politics of confrontation was not good for democracy in the country.

Talking to the media in Islamabad, Pervaiz stated that protests and sit-ins in the country hamper the progress to the national economy as foreign investors hesitate in investing under such circumstance. The country could never develop until and unless there is political stability, he said.

He was of the view that the investors' confidence develops only in a situation when there are industrial activities in the country and such protests shake the investors' confidence.

Pervaiz asked Imran Khan to tell the nation whether he took any step to stop corruption and profiteering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last six months. When asked whether the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML N) would also stage a similar protest against price hike in KP as a rebuttal the minister replied that Imran should also protest in his province as the task suits him best.

The minister maintained that the PTI made false claims of change asking Imran Khan to reveal how many tax evaders of the revenue department and excise had been arrested by the PTI's provincial government. He asked the PTI chairman to do serious politics and avoid solo flights and said that by bringing people on roads the law and order and security situation suffer.

Pervaiz asked how many cases of corruption by previous governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been unearthed by the PTI and how many officers were prosecuted in the province for corruption. The minister stated that there was information that Imran Khan was going abroad to enjoy his winter holidays that was why he held a protest in a haste at a time when Christmas, Chehlum and the Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh were around the corner. He expressed the fear that such protests could be dangerous for people in the prevailing security situation.

Earlier addressing a ceremony, the minister stated that in Punjab a law was passed to protect working women in 2010 asking the KP government and Balochistan to follow the example of Punjab.


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