MULTAN

State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali termed the anti-government activities of the PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehrik a conspiracy aimed to disintegrate the country.

“Electoral reforms could only be made in the parliament and not on the roads therefore those lodging protest including Imran Khan should use the democratic way for the purpose,” he said talking to the journalists here on Wednesday.

He added that instead of heading towards the point of no-return and clash, the political leaders should adopt the strategy of dialogue. “But our offer to hold dialogue should not be considered government’s weakness,” he warned.

He lamented that whenever PML-N came to power, a series of conspiracies was hatched against it. He asserted that the conspiracy and those hatching conspiracies should be unveiled as it was a conspiracy to disintegrate the country. He added that Mian Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister thrice but every time efforts were made to remove him before completion of his turn. He claimed that the PML-N could hold 10-time bigger event than the ones being held by the protesters. He said that the prime minister had constituted a team to hold talks with all political parties while the PPPP had also been requested to play role for reconciliation as the government did not want to promote confrontation. He said that election tribunals and courts were there and those making noise of rigging should go there if they had any complaints. He said that the PTI had dual standards as it raised demand for verification of thumb impressions but when PML-N candidate Sheikh Tariq Rasheed moved application for this purpose, Javed Hashmi went to higher court against it.

Answering a question, he said that Article 245 was enforced for the security of sensitive installations as the terrorists could hit them. He warned that Dr Tahirul Qadri’s statement regarding attacking police was civil disobedience. “He (Qadri) is the man who has befooled masses by giving statements against blasphemy law in English and favouring this law in Urdu statements,” he maintained. He asked Chaudhris to protect their position in Gujrat first and then fulfil their desire to hold sit-in and march. He said that some elements wanted to destabilise country by holding marches.