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ISLAMABAD July 18 (APP): Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday said statement of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan about nation’s welcoming martial laws in the country is shameful.

In a reaction to Imran Khan’s statement on Sunday at public gathering in AJK, the minister said, his statement is a conspiracy against national cohesion and solidarity. “It shows his ill wishes against democracy as he has violated article six of the Constitution by issuing this statement.”

“Pakistani nation never welcomed dictators and those who distributed sweats after October 1999 coup by Pervez Musharraf were a few of his cronies to create an impression that people had welcomed his martial law,” he added.

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He said political parties and people of Pakistan rendered unforgettable sacrifices for democracy and Imran Khan was either ignorant of the history or he was not comfortable with democracy.

He said only the continuity of democracy can ensure transparency, merit and rule of law in the country as four martial laws of the past had dragged the country to the verge of destruction.