Marchers wanted to occupy PM House, parliament: Nisar

Khawaja Asif says army will protect state buildings; Dar says PM will dissolve assemblies if commission proves rigging.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said the law-enforcement agencies had to resort to teargas shelling as the PAT and PTI protestors wanted to occupy the Prime Minister’s House and parliament.

Talking to media persons during his visit to the Prime Minister House and parliament in the Red Zone after the protestors and the police clashed, he said a group of protesters broke their promise and tried to occupy the Prime Minister House and parliament.

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar claimed that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will dissolve the assemblies if the judicial commission proved rigging in the 2013 election.

Talking to a private TV channel, Dar said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had assured that there will be no violence in the Red Zone.

“The resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is out of the question,” he said.

He said Dr Tahirul Qadri had asked his supporters to remove tents, creating a Muharram 9-like situation. “But we are still trying to resolve this issue amicably,” he added.

Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said the army will protect the state buildings and could be asked to clear the area on Constitution Avenue.

In an interview to a private television channel, he said the prime minister will not resign as seeking his resignation was an insult to parliament and the Constitution of Pakistan. He said the mandate given by the people could not be surrendered to 10,000 to 20 000 people.

He said the government wanted to resolve the political issue through negotiations. “Nawaz Sharif is an elected prime minister,” he added. Asif said the government will use its constitutional and legal authority.

Javed Hashmi had reservations about the movement of the participants of the sit-ins towards the Prime Minister House, he added. Javed Hashmi is a veteran and experienced politician, he said, adding that the PTI and PAT did not want to resolve the issues through dialogue.