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FAISALABAD

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that India required peace more than Pakistan, saying that “we do not want a war with India but we will not accept any compromise on national interest.”

Talking to media here on Tuesday, Saad Raffique said that the right to self-determination should be provided to Kashmiris. He pointed out that operation in North Waziristan was launched following failure of negotiations with Taliban. He claimed that there are limited drone attacks in the tribal areas since the PML-N had come to power, adding that his government was against drone attacks.

The federal minister claimed that Bhutto did not accept the power of vote which resulted into the partition of Pakistan and on the second time Musharraf handed over the country to terrorists by rejecting the mandate of an elected Prime Minister.

Saad Rafique said that if today Qadri and Imran Khan would not accept the elected assembly who could guarantee they would be left to work tomorrow. He declared that PAT chief Tahirul Qadri did not come to Faisalabad for a public meeting rather he came for collecting money.

He was of the view that Nawaz Sharif let the weak People’s Party government to continue just for democracy, adding that the PML-N had launched long march but for the restoration of judiciary. “I well remembered that PTI chairman Imran Khan got angry with Nawaz Sharif for not directing that long march at the PPP government,” he revealed.

Saad Rafique asserted that the government had no intention to take action against a single party. He claimed that he was trying to root out corruption from Railways and transform it into a better institution. “We have reduced railways fares instead of increasing which reflects the government intention,” he pointed out.

Earlier, addressing the oath taking ceremony of newly-elected office bearers of Kryana Merchants Association Goll Karyana Bazaar and Karhana, the minister said that the government had introduced business-friendly policies to boost trade and investment activities to strengthen the economy.

FCCI President Engineer Rizwan Ashraf, Vice President Sheikh NadeemUllah, Inam Afzal and the PML-N MPAs and MNAs were also present on the occasion.

Saad informed that Railways deficit had been brought down by four and half billion rupees. He said several new trains were being launched with modern facilities, and faulty locomotive were being refurbished.

Criticizing sit-ins, he said that each public rally of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri was being held at a cost of nearly Rs150 million.