ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Wednesday, while jumping into the political fray, strongly dismissed PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s demand about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation and termed it out of question.

“It is out of question that Nawaz Sharif will resign from the premiership...forget it,” said Dar almost in a shouting manner at a press conference here.  He was asked whether the government would be toppled following the long march announced by PTI on August 14.

He went down hard on the Imran’s demand for the PM’s resignation and hold new elections in the country. “This will lead to set a new example in the country that one should gather 50,000 people in order to get rid of any government,” he added.  The Finance Minister also criticised the Pakistan Awami Tahreek (PAT) for holding long marches against the government. Dar, who is considered the most powerful minister of the Nawaz cabinet, said, “All the political parties of the country except two or three are united to defend the Parliament, Constitution and democracy”. The government is holding talks with political parties in this regard, he said and added, “All political parties in the parliament have consensus in not letting democracy get derailed in any case.”

The finance minister further said, “The government is fighting a war against the Taliban on one side and facing a ‘drama’ from the two or three political parties on the other side”.

He said that Karachi Stock Exchange crashed by 666 points other day due to the political uncertainty in the country. The finance minister stressed that the PML-N was keen on electoral reforms and those seeking this should stay within the limits of the constitution. Without naming, Ishaq Dar alleged PTI for making pre-result victory announcement in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province questioning the justification for the announcements and speeches. He clarified that PML-N had started its celebration on the election night (May 11 2013) after it saw winning signs on different private channels. The economic wizard of the PML-N government said that if anybody has complaints, he should come in to parliament. It is a fundamental right of the PTI to hold protest march but it should be peaceful and under the constitutions, he added. He said the government has already constituted Election Reforms Committee, having 33 members from all political parties to ensure transparency.