ISLAMABAD/LONDON - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the parliament has played an important role in the current political crisis and the government will continue to function without any detraction.

Talking to media persons here on Monday, the prime minister vowed to introduce reforms in the system during his five-year term.

He said the parliament had played an important role in the current political turmoil. “The entire parliament and the nation are on one side while a handful of elements stand isolated on the other,” he said.

He said the political leadership had demonstrated maturity in the prevailing situation and all the democratic institutions were working as per their mandate.

The premier said the ongoing protests had inflicted large damages on the economy. “We have not staged rallies so far. When we do so, it will be known to the public,” he said in an apparent retort to protesters, hinting at the public support the PML-N was enjoying. He said he didn’t want to talk about those doing unconstructive politics.

To another question, the prime minister said, “The marchers are staging sit-ins in Islamabad, while we are doing our work and will continue to function without any detraction.”

Answering a question, the prime minister said he represented the stance of Pakistan and aspirations of the people regarding the Kashmir dispute at the UN General Assembly session. He added his government was committed to resolving the longstanding dispute.

Meanwhile, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at Noor Khan Airbase in Islamabad after attending the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, he was warmly received by the Kashmiri leaders.

Those who received him at the airbase included AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed, All Parties Hurryat Conference Pakistan Chapter leaders, Syed Yousaf Naseem, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, AJK Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Abdur Rashid Turabi, members of AJK Legislative Assembly and others.

Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Pervaiz Rashid and Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Minister Ch Birjees Tahir were also present at the airbase.

The Kashmiri leadership was there to greet the Prime Minister Sharif for taking a bold stand on Kashmir issue which, according to these leaders, is the voice of each and every Kashmiri living on both the sides of the Line of Control, AJK JI Amir Abdur Rashid Turabbi said. APHC Pakistan chapter leaders were happy over the way Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pleaded their case at the United Nations General Assembly. He also forcefully projected Pakistan’s stand on other key regional and international issues.

During his visit, the prime minister also had a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders, including US Vice President Joseph Biden, on the sidelines of the world’s largest diplomatic forum and discussed advancing Pakistan’s international relations.