State will enforce its writ, interior minister warns PPP

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi Thursday emphasised that no one was above the law and constitution irrespective of status, saying firm action would be taken against those violating the law.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the acts of Pakistan People Party (PPP) workers had been recorded by cameras as violence could not be allowed for political purposes and gains.

He said, “Whether the acts of PPP workers were pre-planned or not, no one can hide from camera eye. We are monitoring the recording and those involved in Wednesday’s violence shall be taken to task.”

“All political parties should take a proactive approach to resolve all issues responsibly,” Shehryar Afridi said, adding that Pakistan was passing through a critical juncture when it was facing fifth generation war and external hostilities by enemies.

The minister said under the law, every citizen had a right to protest but it should remain peaceful.

In Wednesday’s protest by Pakistan People Party workers, the law was violated and even nine policemen and media persons were also beaten.

“I condemn acts of PPP workers. It is my moral, lawful and constitutional responsibility to ensure peace in society and send those behind bars who took law in their hands,” the Minister added.

He said, “No one will be allowed to blackmail the state. Whosoever will act against the law, the state would take action.”

Replying to a question, Afridi criticized the PPP leadership, saying what type of culture they were promoting as they called their workers before appearing for investigations in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on charges of corruption.