Right to protest constitutional, says PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal


LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday sought to remind the government that carrying out a protest was a right accorded to citizens by the Constitution of Pakistan.

“How can ones who themselves staged a sit-in object to a protest?”

He said that the offer for talks was a “two-faced move”.

Iqbal, in a stark reminder of the 2014 sit-in by the PTI, said: “The 126-day sit-in caused a complete shut down of schools, the Chinese president’s tour was cancelled and now you are worried about the education of children?”

“Imran Khan should first render an apology to the nation and to Nawaz Sharif before talking about negotiations,” he added.

The PML-N leader, in another swipe at PTI, questioned the conscience with which the party’s representatives were “delivering sermons on the wisdom of talks” when they “descended onto the PTV offices, the Supreme Court building and the Parliament?”

“On the one hand, this incompetent prime minister lays before us this farce of a committee, and on the other he bad mouths his political opponents and ridicules them,” he said.

Iqbal said that it is not only Shehbaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rehman who view him as “incompetent” and “a failure”, but the entire nation who endorse the view.

“The entire opposition, the nation’s traders, labourers, students and media will all come out (on October 31) to rid themselves of Khan’s follies,” he declared.