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After PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s call for a civil disobedience movement (with a two day deadline for the government to pack up or face consequences), a political frenzy burst forth on TV screens and social media.

Below is a summary of some of the top reactions by Pakistan's politicians.


What the PML-N thinks


Finance Minster Ishaq Dar:

“Imran Khan’s movement is unconstitutional…The country is making progress, he needs to reconsider his call for civil disobedience. This is a very serious matter.“

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal:

“Pakistan is a constitutional country and cannot afford anarchy…This is an anarchist approach, it will be self-defeating. We are making a case for the enemies of Pakistan by talking about spreading chaos and anarchy.”

PML-N MNA Marvi Memon:

“There is absolutely no chance that Nawaz Sharif will resign as prime minister.”

Federal State Minister for Water & Power Abid Sher Ali:

“Political issues need to be resolved through dialogue… We will not let the people take an unlawful approach.”

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed:

“Imran Khan’s sit-in is nothing more than a joke… There is no way that his civil-disobedience announcement can be implemented.”

PML-N leader Mushahidullah Khan:

"Such measures are normally seen in colonies but there is no concept of such tactics in a democratic country with a Constitution."


What other parties think


ANP leader Zahid Khan:

“Imran Khan was sounding extremely confused in his speech.”

ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan:

“I don’t think there is going to be any serious head-on collision between the two sides… The situation can only be resolved when both sides come to an agreement.”

Former interior minister Rehman Malik:

“All political parties want peace in the country…The PPP is ready to help resolve the situation. The government needs to look to Imran Khan’s demands and resolve the issue through talks.”

National Party leader Mir Hasil Bizenjo:

“Talks of civil disobedience movement is just hot-air, and if Imran Khan tries to enter the Red zone then anything can happen.”

PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan:

“Imran Khan has simply given a threat.”


What politicians on Twitter think