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PML-N says would not allow anyone to derail democracy

January 15, 2013

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.