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December 9, 2014

Faisalabad episode reflects ‘Maaro ya Mar Jao’ statements: Pervaiz

December 9, 2014

ISLAMABAD: With Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif set to chair a high-level meeting to review the implications of the Faisalabad episode, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday said that the incidents that took place in Faisalabad reflected the statements of ‘Maaro ya Mar Jao’ (kill or die). Khan’s ‘Plan C’ was aimed at spreading anarchy in the country, he added.
Speaking at a press conference here, he said the people had rejected the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s call for a shutter down. Neither the traffic nor schools and business centres remained closed in Faisalabad, he added.
The minister said, “Routine activities continued in Faisalabad and there was no sign of a shutter down in the city.” The PTI workers resorted to violence, riots and vandalism, he added.Acting upon the dictation of the PTI chief, the baton-wielding workers tried to barge into educational institutions, the minister said, and added it was a scene similar to Swat, where a brave daughter of the country had stood against those miscreants who had forced the closure of schools.
The teachers and students of various schools of Faisalabad repeated the history by resisting the PTI’s move to shut down educational institutions forcibly, he added.Rashid said that the PTI chief should have the moral courage to take the responsibility of what had happened in Faisalabad.
He said the PTI’s sit-in was an attempt to create lawlessness in the country, besides weakening democracy.While strongly condemning the PTI’s shutter down call, the minister said that the sit-in plan in Faisalabad could not succeed due to the absence of support from the public.
He said that Imran had to change his plan to shut down Faisalabad soon after strong criticism by the people.Shah Mehmood Qureshi personally visited the area and said that they would only stage a protest rather than going for a shutter down. But, Imran again vetoed him as he did

with his negotiating team.
“Today’s violence by the PTI workers in Faisalabad is merely an action replay of what they had already done at the Constitution Avenue.”Pervaiz Rashid said all democratic forces of the country were united to foil the nefarious designs of anti-state elements who wanted to derail democracy.
The minister said the PTI sit-ins had badly failed adding that the ‘Plan A’ of Imran Khan was an attack on democracy while the ‘Plan B’ was aimed at besieging democracy and creating panic and scare in major cities.
Similarly, the ‘Plan C’ was to create anarchy while the ‘Plan D’ aimed at destroying the entire country, he added.Pervaiz Rashid said majority of the people had rejected the shutdown call given by Imran Khan. Civil society, traders and business community had expressed serious reservations over the unconstitutional move of shutting down the city, he said.
He said Imran Khan had asked his workers to go on a rampage and scuffle with the police in Faisalabad. He said the PTI chairman should now accept that the people had paid no heed to his shutdown call.
He called upon Imran Khan to shun the politics of violence and promote healthy politics in the country.“When the democratic forces were rendering great sacrifices for the cause of democracy, Imran was playing his role as an entertainer, enjoying his cricket,” the minister said and added that Imran Khan was also reaping the fruits of democracy, which was restored after a great struggle of the masses.
Rashid said Imran Khan had kept his sons at a safe abode while he was spoiling the future of children of the country.To a question, Pervaiz Rashid said that there was no issue of ego on the part of the government. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to hospital where Imran Khan was admitted after falling down from the stage at an election rally to inquire after his health. The PM also visited Imran’s residence in Bani Gala in Islamabad, which showed the government’s fair intentions.
To another question, the minister said the government was ready to resume the dialogue process with the PTI.The minister said the government had exercised utmost restraint and demonstrated tolerance in the PTI’s case, which should not be misunderstood as its weakness.
The minister said the government and the PML-N had expressed deep grief and sorrow over the Faisalabad firing incident resulting in the killing of an innocent person.He said that action would be taken against the culprits whose footage was shown by the TV channels.

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