The government seems to have changed its policy to tackle ongoing agitation drive launched by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) against it as its members have stepped up their efforts to win public support and mobilize workers. The activists of ruling PML-N are staging rallies and demonstrations daily in favour of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Similarly, ministers, parliamentarians and allies of government have started releasing statements against the ongoing sit-in.

Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of workers, federal minister for

Food Security Sikandar Hayat Bosan said that the sit-in and agitation would deliver serious losses to the country and economy. He added that the country could not afford agitation at this critical time as it added to problems already being faced by the country. He lamented that the participants of the sit-in held parliament and Islamabad hostage for the last 11 days as a result of which country’s economy suffered badly.

Similarly, in another statement, Punjab minister for prisons Ch. Abdul Waheed Arrain said that the reports regarding resignation of Mian Shahbaz Sharif were baseless rumors. He added that those demanding resignation of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif should review their illegal and unconstitutional demands. He said that the PML-N leadership was determined to continue dialogue with the protesters till last moment and accept their all constitutional demands.

“But Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan will have to withdraw their unconstitutional demands. If they still show reluctance, the government will be forced to use any other constitutional option,” he warned.