LAHORE, Pakistan: Railways Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) central leader Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that PML-N is being victimised as it wants the rule of law and constitution in the country.
While addressing an Eid-Millan party organised by the PML-N workers in his constituency in Lahore on Saturday, he said that hurdles in the way of continuity of democracy are hampering progress of the nation.
The minister said that the PML-N leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were honest and dedicated, who had always listened to problems of their workers on merit.
Saad Rafique said that the PML-N had come into power by getting votes from the people but it was not being allowed to work and serve the nation.
“What is our crime? What is crime of our leader Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” he questioned.
Saad said that the PML-N had always worked for progress of the country, and it had made Pakistan a nuclear power. It remained impartial in the war against Yemen, it offered mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, it installed power generation plants and launched several other projects.
Criticising Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, he said that “Khan Sahib, if you will try to expel us from politics through undemocratic means, we won’t go alone; you will also have to go.”
“It was a conspiracy that first the allegations of rigging were levelled and then a sit-in was organised against the parliament,” he added.
The railways minister said that whenever the PML-N came to power, attempts were made to destabilise it. “Governments were sent packing in the name of accountability in the past,” he added.
The minister said that the enemies of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) wanted to derail the country and were hatching conspiracies against the PML-N government.
Saad Rafique said that politics of confrontation and allegations would give nothing to the country, adding that the PML-N and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had to sign the Charter of Democracy after a long period of confrontation.
Saad said that if politicians are vilified, then who would join politics in the country.
The minister said that a campaign of character assassination was underway against the Sharif Family. He said that he is son of Khawaja Rafique, who was assassinated when he was struggling for democracy.
“We will stage a comeback if expelled from the government undemocratically and illegally,” he said.
The minister said that leg-pulling should be stopped as it was damaging for society and the nation.
“Change can only be ensured through vote and the political opponents should wait for elections,” he added.