QUETTA: Founder of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) Saeed Ahmed Hashmi has said that opposition leaders during their anti-government rallies should avoid such statements which could prove harmful to democracy, national integrity and security institutions and benefit Pakistan’s internal and external enemies.

Talking to reporters on Sunday, he said it was the democratic right of the opposition to hold rallies for highlighting public issues and criticise the government policies and problems of the people in parliament, but it should keep in mind the importance of national security and state institutions.

He said that it is the right and responsibility of the opposition to take up the public issues and criticise the government policies in parliament, but the opposition should know its limits. The opposition’s emotional statements, he said, were harming democracy, instead of strengthening it in the country.

He said that after a long struggle the democratic system was moving towards stability. “In such a situation, increasing confrontation not only threatens democracy but also our external enemies can benefit from it.”

Mr Hashmi said incidents of terrorism were taking place in which many young men of security forces had been martyred. “The external enemy wants to create division among us,” he added.

Published in Dawn, October 20th, 2020