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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary Information Ahsan Iqbal. — File Photo

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday announced that the party would not let anyone derail the democratic process, DawnNews reported.

PML-N leaders met and devised the party’s policy on the long march led by Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri.

PML-N leaders, including Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Sanaullah, Pervez Rasheed and Saad Rafiq, were present for the talks where a common framework was decided upon.

The PML-N leadership said the party wanted democracy to thrive and no one would be allowed to derail the democratic process.

They added that political parties that have made a number of sacrifices for democracy in Pakistan would not let it wither.

The party leadership declared the announcements and threats made by the TMQ chief unlawful and unconstitutional.

In a statement from Lahore, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said eight weeks remained in the dissolution of the federal and provincial assemblies. Therefore, Qadri’s “long march farce” was nothing more than an attempt to sabotage the upcoming general elections.

Moreover, Iqbal said Qadri smacked of a civilian martial law administrator.


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Rida
Jan 15, 2013 03:20pm
Why is everybody complaining about democracy? If you feel bad about the current govt., then it's is the very 'democracy' that lets you kick it out! Don't fall for the sweet talk of 'unelected' people like Mr Qadri who from nowhere have been 'dropped' on the stage to hijack the process.
ady
Jan 15, 2013 12:04pm
it is hilarious that those who came in power through dirty paid-politics and looted country's wealth again and again collected from poor people talking about democracy. Actually, they have nothing on their account to claim on for next election, so trying to avert the attention of people from the mess over the years they made!
Mushtaq Ahmad
Jan 15, 2013 11:39am
None leage (not noon) should pay the price of being friendly with known authentic/certified thiefs
Mehwish
Jan 15, 2013 01:37pm
God You guys are shameless !
Immad
Jan 15, 2013 11:41am
I am still unable to understand how can transparent election, unbiased caretaker government and better scrutiny of election candidates can derail democracy. Yes those should be worried who consider these transparency steps against their normal practice.
haris
Jan 15, 2013 11:34am
Well! Democracy in the books of these politicians means their chair in the parliament and senate.
GNK
Jan 15, 2013 10:22am
it is advisable for PML(N) and other political parties to stay quiet and watch what happens in Islamabad. Whatever the thoughts of PML(N), it is not a hidden secret that PML(N) has been in one way or another party to the plight of the country as it stands. What the political parties call democracy is in fact utter corruption and die-hard desire to stay in power. So please, PML(N) and others dont lecture the nation on meaning of democracy.
haris
Jan 15, 2013 11:33am
"PML-N says would not allow anyone to derail democracy" Yes, they can go as far as selling and looting the entire country.
Mehwish
Jan 15, 2013 01:38pm
As far as PML N and PPP are not involved we have chances of FAir election.
Asim
Jan 15, 2013 10:55am
PMLN, where is your democracy when 100 of people are getting killed every single day? Democracy is only for you to make money and save it Swiss banks. Today there is no Gas, Electricity, Petrol, Jobs, Water, Flour in the country, What does this democracy means? not a single person in the country is happy! so where is democracy and for whom? and if you are so eager of democracy then why you block the roads whenever there is a March, to stop people from participating in the march? democracy means people's choice!!!
Malik Arif
Jan 15, 2013 10:47am
I hope in all this drama judiciary, army is involved. TUQ is only a face to be used by these institutions. All wants to prevent Nawaz Sharif in coming into power.
Gulraiz Khan
Jan 15, 2013 10:40am
Shame on N-League. Hearing about democracy from your mouths sounds "more waste of money". Pay your taxes and point on others. Every citizen question you about your taxes!! German and American trasnports can not bring change...Change comes from the people who walk on foot and PAY THEIR TAXES!!!
Bong
Jan 15, 2013 10:13am
In my post last week, I had made the same comments. All events were leading to the same conclusion. The Hazara massacre, Shooting at LOC, timing of the march, IMF loan sitiuation are reeking of military intervention of public space created by democracy. I am afraid there will be an emergency declared by the defence forces citing external & internal threats. Back to Square 1...
Tajamal
Jan 15, 2013 10:03am
Is this democratic system fit for purpose ? Can you please list top five things that you have delivered to the pakistani people using this so called democratic system ? This system fails to its core. It protects only elites ....
Anwar Qureshi
Jan 15, 2013 09:44am
Dr. Qadri is a threat to PML-N and others as they have robbed and looted the exchequer and made the lives of poor and downtrodden miserable. Democracy for them is a licence to loot and plunder only. We don't want the current fake corrupt regime to continue. Its better to dissolve Parliament NOW and install neutral caretaker interim set up to hold their accountability first. They all first remain out of job and unemployed so they should also suffer like other people.
jd shami
Jan 15, 2013 05:12pm
The hell with Democracy and PML (N). I need gas, eletricity, CNG, petrol, food. This man sitting in 100 KROERS mansion in Rai-wind is no body to tell me about democracy.
Sohrab
Jan 15, 2013 10:30pm
Yes we are back to square one I am afraid. Another military takeover has begun. From what you can read in the comments, the people are speaking as well....that essentially is democracy and clearly they do not want the present dispensation, a farce of democracy I guess you may say. The rulers have not woken up and the next step could be a bloody revolution with clash of institutions. The writing is on the wall. Another opportunity squandered. A sad day for Pakistan again.......a very sad day indeed.
peace
Jan 16, 2013 02:19am
jealous party since Imran Khan is gaining support everyone vote for Imran Khan so they will payback