JEDDAH: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that the history of Pakistan has witnessed many revolutions but only democracy could bring a revolution in Pakistan.
the prime minister said that a few thousands could not make the mandate of millions of people hostage. He said all the political and religious forces in Pakistan were in favour of democracy with no one opposing it.
Underscoring the importance of democracy, the premier said it was the only way forward, adding that those who want change should pursue talks as opposed to taking to the streets.
The premier said if there were some misled elements, the doors of dialogue were open for them. He added that the government was ready to hold dialogue with everyone.
Nawaz said those indulging in the politics of sit-ins should apprise every one of their demands. He said so far these people had not even told the masses about their demands. The sit-ins were very non-serious acts which harm the country, he added. The comments from Prime Minister Sharif came at a time when the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is set to launch its ‘Azadi March’ on August 14, aimed at staging a sit-in until its demands are met.
Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan had said that the ‘Naya Pakistan’ could only be created after the people came out on the streets. “The Azadi March (from Lahore) will be a final battle to root out the corrupt and bring in a fair system in the country,” he had said. Imran had also said that “nobody should misunderstand that the PTI is going to hold a simple public protest gathering in Islamabad”. PTI has been accusing the ruling government of rigging the May 2013 elections and has demanded a recount of votes in all constituencies.
Along with the PTI, Tahirul Qadri of the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) has also been referring to what he calls a revolution to be set in motion after Eid. The prime minister moreover said the government’s total attention was focused on ensuring political stability, economic development and addressing the energy problems in the country and all the political forces were with them in this regard.
Nawaz said he had very productive meetings with the Saudi leadership including King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Salman bin Abdulaziz, Vice Crown Prince, Muqrin bin Abdulaziz and other officials.
He termed Khadim-e-Harmain Sharifain as his brother and said the Saudi businessmen will be encouraged to invest in Pakistan’s various sectors of economy, including the energy sector.