PTI, PAT sit-ins have affected economy: Pervaiz

Islamabad (Online): Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said staging protests and sit-ins is the beauty of a democratic system but no one would be allowed to take the law into their own hands at any cost, state media reported on Sunday. In an interview, he said the government has no objection to the protests as it is a legitimate right of political parties. Pervaiz Rashid said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz believes in promoting democratic norms in the country. He said PTI activists attacked the Parliament House, Pak Secretariat, Prime Minister House and Pakistan Television buildings, which was a sheer violation of the law. Replying to a question, he said Islamabad police was unarmed and it was only provided rubber bullets, rejecting the allegations of PTI that live bullets were used to disperse protesters. He said the government made serious and sincere efforts to resolve the issue through dialogue, and accordingly it announced a Judicial Commission of Supreme Court to look into election rigging allegations besides it set up a Parliamentary Electoral Reforms Committee to bring improvement in the existing election system. The Minister said Imran Khan is not showing seriousness as it always vetoed PTI's own negotiating team, repeating unconstitutional demand of resignation. So, now the government has left Imran Khan to himself. He said PAT and PTI made a significant dent to national economy and they should mend their way in the supreme national interest.


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