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There is no space for sit-ins, agitation in Pakistani politics, says Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said that there was no space for sit-ins and politics of unrest in the country.

In a televised interview on Sunday, he said the opposition parties should have avoided mass protests and sit-ins against the government and worked for electoral reforms in the country to make the election process more transparent in the future.

The minister claimed that the people of Pakistan had rejected “negative politics” of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and that its image as a political party was ruined due to its constant habit of changing stance and taking frequent U-turns on almost every issue.

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Commenting on a question about the Panamagate Case at the Supreme Court, Iqbal said the matter of ‘Panama Papers Leaks’ was sub judice so it could not be and should not be discussed on any other forum.

According to him the people of Pakistan wanted stability and peace in the country and were fed up with PTI’s politics of agitation.

In a clear reference to Tehreek-i-Insaf, he said political parties should remain focused on making people prosperous through development projects in their provinces where they were given a mandate.

Regarding Asif Ali Zardari’s return to Pakistan on December 23 as announced by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Iqbal said his return was “not a big news” and added he should play his role for the welfare of the country upon his return.

The minister told PPP’s leadership to take lessons from PTI’s confused politics mired with protests and sit-ins only.

Ahsan Iqbal also asked the nation to use their votes wisely in the coming 2018 elections in a bid to pick a political party that was better for their own and Pakistan’s future.



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