Islamabad lock down plan to project country’s negative image: Ahsan

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 27 (APP): Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Thursday alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was trying to march on the federal capital which would project negative image of the country internationally.
Imran’s plan to lock down Islamabad on November 2 was an undemocratic step, he said speaking in a private news channel programme.
The minister said the PTI was planning to disrupt the normal life of citizens, students and businessmen of the capital which was unlawful and action would be taken against violators as per law.
He said the students of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) had told him that their mid-term examinations were scheduled on same days when the PTI planned to hold protests. The government, he said, was committed to take protective measures for the safety of national institutions, students, citizens and businessmen.
He said the people knew that Imran Khan could not bring any change in the country as Shaikh Rasheed was evolving PTI’s strategies which was even not in the knowledge of other party leaders.
Ahsan Iqbal said the PTI held a peaceful protest in Raiwind, but now its chief had planned now to lock down the federal capital that was unconstitutional and the government could not allow anyone to do so.
He said the PTI leadership knew that they would face defeat in 2018 general election due to their wrong policies.
The minister said the PML-N had won general election in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, besides local government and bye-polls, which showed people’s confidence in the prudent policies of its government.
He said the government had launched several power projects, including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and other European countries were willing to be part of the CPEC, he added.
He said the national economy had made a turnaround due to strategies of the present government.