Imran’s long march to be treated as per law: Saad Rafique

LAHORE    -     Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Friday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)Chairman Imran Khan’s long march would be treated as per law. While replying to a question about a demand of the PTI about fresh elections in the country, he said that it was not a crime to raise a slogan or make a demand. But, he questioned, if it was sensible to give a call for a long march or threaten bulldozing Islamabad and closing roads at a stage when 30 million Pakistanis had been facing the devastation caused by severe floods. Talking to the media, he said that there had been a tradition of suspending political activities in case of any national tragedy. He said that millions of people had been displaced due to floods and onethird of the country lands were under floodwater, but even then a person was demanding early elections, and holding public meetings and spending at least 100 million rupees on each rally. No one could ask him about the sources of the money for the meetings, he said, adding that allegations of victimisation were levelled if the party was asked about sources of such huge amounts. Saad Rafique said that it had been learnt that Imran Khan wanted to stage a long march. The government could not stop him, but he would be treated as per law when he would take to the streets, he added.

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