Islamabad ( PID 17 July 2022 )
Islamabad: Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan has said that democratic traditions should not be limited to just writings and statements but these traditions should be put in practice to ensure real democracy.
The AJK PM made these assertions while visiting the PTI Central Secretariat in Islamabad on Sunday. PTI’s Central Secretary General Asad Umar, Senior Vice President Sherry Mazari, Senior Leader PTI Senator Seifullah Khan Niazi, Central Leader Iftikhar Durrani and chairman Election Cell Riyaz Fatiana were present on the occasion. The PM said that people talk a lot about western democracy but nobody contemplates on the essence of democracy in the western world. “There is neither personalism in western democracy nor any example of oppression”, he said.
“Providing equal opportunities to people is the real democracy”, he said adding that the government’s sole responsibility was to provide equal opportunity to all voters to exercise their right without any prejudice and party bias.
Expressing his serious concerns over the witch hunt against the PTI leaders, the PM said, “One of our ministers Chaudhry Maqbool Gujjar who is a resident of Gujranwala was raided, whereas mistreatment meted out by other party leaders including Ali Amin Gandapura and Zulfi Bukhari was quite unfortunate”.
“We must show tolerance and patience and give the voter the right to freedom of opinion”, the PM said, adding that it was high time that the people at the helm of affairs should follow the democratic traditions in letter and spirit to move the country forward.
“Imran Khan is a man of strong nerves who has always shown sportsman spirit”, he said, adding that Pakistan’s youth were standing like a solid rock with their leader Imran Khan.
He said that Pakistan’s economy was progressing well under the PTI government. “The country’s economy has been badly affected since the incumbent government took reins of power. He expressed the hope that the people will defeat this imposed group of eleven parties with the power of their votes. Tehreek-e-Insaf, he said, is participating in the by-elections on the basis of principle and ideology. The prime minister further said, “PTI’s success in the by-elections will make it clear that IK’s slogan of real freedom is based on reality”.
The PM on the occasion also visited the central election campaign cell where he was received by Former Parliamentary Secretary for Law Ms. Malika Bukhari, Central Deputy Secretary Information Tehreek-e-Insaf Toafsee Abbasi and others.