ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The federal minister for planning and development Ahsan Iqbal said on Tuesday that any attack on the parliament will be considered as an attack on the constitution and democracy.
Talking to the media representatives in Islamabad on Tuesday, the minister said that the parliament is not the property of a single party, rather it is a sovereign institution representing 180 million people of the country.
The minister called upon the leadership of the Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PTA) to withdraw its call for entrance into the red zone.
Iqbal said that political and democratic forces are collectively engaged with the two protesting parties to find a political situation of the current situation. He said that appropriate security measures will also be taken for the security of the red zone in the wake of provocative calls given by the PTI and the PAT.
The federal minister said that the country is not being run by a non-governmental organization (NGO) but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which is the most powerful political force of this country. He said that a handful people cannot steal the mandate of the ruling party and its allies which have secured millions of votes.
Moreover, he said that the federal government is demonstrating utmost flexibility and patience and advising the same to its supporters who are perturbed over the situation created by a few thousand people.