ISLAMABAD: Minister for Industries Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watto has said that government has decided not allow sit-in at the Constitution Avenue, Islamabad and vowed to protect the life and property of the people. Addressing a news conference in Lahore on Saturday, he said federal and provincial governments are responsible to provide security to the people.
He said government has evolved mechanism not to allow the marchers to come to Islamabad and stop them wherever they are. He said in this connection government will not allow the state machinery to arrest women, weak and older people and treat them with honour and respect. The Minister said Punjab Chief Secretary and Additional Inspector General of Police have been assigned to work out modalities with Mian Nawaz Sharif, Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Imran Khan about their strategy of long march so that adequate security could be provided to them.
He said government will leave no stone unturned to provide security to the political leaders. He said PPP believes in reconciliation with all political parties and does not want confrontation with political forces. He said we want political resolution of the problem and promote democratic traditions.
He said the PML-N, PPP government in the Punjab was dismissed as a result of Supreme Court decision and PPP leadership expressed their regret with Shahbaz Sharif with a view that it will destabilize democracy. Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Muhammad Gondal said there is complete unity among President, Prime Minister and the government and they are running the affairs smoothly.
He said the government’s long march policy is that this problem should be resolved in a democratic method and all the decisions taken should reflect democracy. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Syed Aseff Ahmed Ali said the government has no objection on the peaceful long march by the lawyers but he said the lawyers are being made instrument to achieve political motives. He said the deposed judges can not be reinstated without legislation.-SANA