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Monday, 15 December 2014

Imran's Plan C stands for casualties not chaos: Pervaiz.........

ISLAMABAD – Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday said that the Plan C of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was not aimed at promoting chaos and anarchy but causing casualties of the common people.

Talking to the journalist here, he said that he took back his earlier words of C for chaos as the plan was to have casualties. Four people lost their lives in Lahore on Monday due to Imran’s politics of agitation and violence, he said. He expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of four lives. He also expressed condolences with the bereaved families. “Indeed, the moment Imran leaves his Bani Gala residence, he tramples over the corpses of people,” he said.

He said that the people of Lahore had totally rejected the politics of agitation and sit-ins introduced by the PTI. He said that the Punjab government fully facilitated the PTI but it violated its promise by resorting to violence, closure of roads and shops, and blocking ambulances. “We have seen at the Multan rally that people were dying but Imran continued his speech.

Same was repeated in Faisalabad and D-Chowk Islamabad and today four more people fell victim,” he said. The minister said that all this happened due to provocative speeches of the PTI's leadership. “The tigers of the PTI are in fact wolves. Even the PTI workers did not spare media workers. They attacked media teams and misbehaved with Sana Mirza and fellow journalist which is highly condemnable.” He said that not a single person had died in the movement for restoration of judiciary and the political movements of other leaders.

The PTI, he said, was promoting intolerance and violence in Pakistan. He said that it was not the PTI's right to decide which TV channel was good or bad. For the first time in Pakistan’s history, workers of a political party were attacking journalists. He questioned as to whether locking down cities was part of a 'New Pakistan'. He said that the confidence of Lahore in the PTI had been shattered. Today's agitation annoyed them. That was why they chanted “Go Imran Go”, which became the popular slogan in Lahore today.

The PTI goons were resisted by the common people masses and not by the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) workers, he said. He said that commuters, including children and women, faced difficulties as the PTI workers forcibly blocked roads and Metro Bus service was also attacked. He said that even close friends and associates of Imran had rejected his call of civil disobedience.

He said that there was no logic of agitation as the government had already written a letter for the constitution of Judicial Commission on August 13. Imran, he said, should have announced at that time that he would accept the decision of judicial commission. But he himself was a hurdle in the constitution of commission, he said.

To a question, the minister said that the government had not set any condition for the talks with the PTI and would continue its cooperation for peaceful solution. Replying to another query, he said that the government would not retaliate the PTI's misadventures with any adventures. “The main theme of Imran's politics is promoting politics of hatred and dead bodies.” He said that Imran's workers stopped ambulances to reach hospitals, blocked roads so that no government official may attend office and forcefully closed shops. “Was it a picture of new Pakistan?” he asked. The dialogue with the PTI, he said, would continue as it were the people in Lahore who resisted the PTI, not the PML-N workers.