Pakistani PM slams politicians who have planned anti-gov’t protests

ISLAMABAD (CIHAN)- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday lashed out at those politicians who have planned protests against his government and are demanding his resignation.
The cricketer-turned politician Imarn Khan says he will lead a long march on Islamabad on Thursday that will last until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.
Pakistani religious leader Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has announced to lead a “Revolution March” to dislodge the government.
The prime minister came heavily on the two opposition leaders and said there is no logic behind the revolution and long marches which “sabotage the process of development in the country.”
“Tahir ul Qadri wants to create anarchy in the country. If he wants revolution, he should take part in election process,” Sharif said in Islamabad a day after Qadri told hundreds of his supporters in the city of Lahore that the “government would not survive beyond this month as the people are fed up with the rulers. ”
“Problems cannot be solved on roads and through protests,” the prime minister said at a ceremony to launch of a development program.
“The people have given mandate to the government and it will fulfill its agenda of development to transform the country into a cradle of peace and prosperity,” Sharif said, adding that protests cannot dislodge his government.
He reiterated dialogue offer to the opposition leader Imran Khan to address his demands and find out a political settlement.
Imran Khan has however rejected the dialogue offer and insisted that he would lead the anti-government march.
Khan said that last year elections were rigged and that the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been formed through a “fake mandate,” the charge denied by the government and the elections panel.
He renewed his claims at a press conference in Islamabad on Monday and said his supporters will start a sin-in in the capital to demand resignation of Prime Minister Sharif and fresh elections.
The government has taken security measures in Islamabad and has sealed roads to sensitive buildings.
The authorities have placed containers on roads to stop the marchers from entering the Red Zone in the capital which houses diplomatic missions, the president and the prime minister’s houses, parliament and ministers’ offices.
Official sources say Prime Minister Sharif has convened a meeting of the security officials and close aides to review the situation arising out of the upcoming protests. Enditem