ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said democracy had taken roots in the country and no one would be allowed to derail it.
Addressing an Eid Millan party organised by PML-N workers, he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was being pushed to the wall. It would be an end for all others also if the PML-N was ousted from the political arena, he added.
He said the PML-N leadership was ready to go to the court of people for getting clearance, but in the process others would be completely wiped out.
The minister said that anti-democratic forces were obstructing the PML-N government and were not giving it space to work for the betterment of the country.
He said when the PML-N came into power in 2013 with the massive people’s mandate, the national exchequer was empty.
Karachi had become a ‘slaughter house’ while Balochistan was facing unrest and terrorists were killing people everywhere at their will.
International financial institutions were declaring Pakistan as a defaulter with no foreign investment pouring in and local investors fleeing from the country, and there were no employment opportunities while loadshedding had reached dangerous proportions, he added.
At that time, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had made some promises with the nation that he would work for a bright terrorism-free Pakistan by eliminating terrorism network and restoring peace in Karachi, Balochistan and the rest of the country, ending energy crisis, and providing a conducive business environment.
“But our government has not been given room to work from the day one,” he added.
Saad said Pakistan, which itself was powerful country, was located among powerful countries. Some international forces wanted to keep it under their control, but they knew that democratic governments here would not allow them to use its ports illegally.
Saad said it was Nawaz Sharif who had made Pakistan a nuclear power.
The minister said that CPEC projects were not for a family as roads and energy plants would serve the entire nation. He thanked China for investing in Pakistan to make it prosperous.
He questioned as to why China did not invest in Pakistan when Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari were in power.
He said China had trust in the PML-N leadership, the credit for which went to Nawaz Sharif. “Ideology of the PML-N is
defence line of Pakistan as the PML-N is the second name of Pakistan,” he added. “Pakistan is incomplete without the Muslim League,” he added.
He said Nawaz Sharif being “Sadiq and Ameen” (truthful and honest), wanted to make Pakistan unbeatable. “He is the only symbol of unity among all the provinces of the country,” he added.
He said, “We know who is involved in the ongoing blame-game.”
Blaming someone without proof was a great sin, he added.
Addressing Imran Khan by name, the minister said: “You are working for someone else ‘consciously or unconsciously’. And if you are working unconsciously, then you are a fool,” he added.
He said the PML-N and the Sharif family accepted the constitution of joint investigation committee (JIT) with an open heart, but later on, it transpired that it was formed through a WhatsApp call as its
one member was a relative of someone while the other worked as a National Accountability Bureau officer during the Pervez Musharraf era.
He said the prime minister and his family appeared before the JIT and courts, but the question arose that as to why Pervez Musharraf and others did not appear before the courts.
“We will object to the JIT if it is wrong as it is our right,” he said.
He asked as to why no objection was raised when Imran used foul language against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which was a constitutional institution, unlike the JIT.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Minister Zaeem Qadri said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a blessing and such blessings were not bestowed on a country often.
He said today was more crucial time for the country than October 12, 1999 as democracy was being targeted and efforts were on to derail a strong prosperous Pakistan.
Qadri said a conspiracy against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif meant a conspiracy against the country as Nawaz Sharif was a symbol of progress and prosperity of that Pakistan which was dreamt by the elders in 1947.
Hundreds of the PML-N workers attended the function.
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