‘Country can’t afford politics of agitation’

LAHORE - Former Secretary Information, ARD, Munir Ahmad Khan has said that country could not afford politics of protests and confrontation at a time when issues like terrorism and sectarianism were haunting the masses.
“The leadership of MQM and PTI should play the role of a responsible opposition and should not take to the streets for issues which could be discussed in the parliament”, he said in a press statement.
Munir said both the parties had their representation in assemblies which were the right forum to agitate the issues facing the people.
He said that opposition was within its constitutional rights to raise the issue of price hike, but in the presence of democratic institutions, it was not justifiable to bring people on the roads.
He believed that politics of agitation could derail the democracy. It was after a long democratic struggle by leaders like Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif that people saw the revival of democracy in Pakistan. These leaders, he added, also rendered sacrifices for the independence of judiciary and freedom of the press. “They remained in exile while their workers underwent imprisonment”, he observed.
He said politicians like Imran Khan, Altaf Hussain and Jehangir Tareen had no contribution in the restoration of democracy and wanted to push the country back towards the politics of 1990s.

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