ISLAMABAD: Vowing to dash the villainous cabals of the spearheads of Islamabad protest sit-ins, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz stalwart Khwaja Saad Rafique Thursday night declared Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan was his own biggest enemy.
“As long as he continues with his politics of agitation, Khan doesn’t need any enemies. His most formidable foe is himself”, Rafique said while talking to Samaa.
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have gathered thousands of supporters in Islamabad since August 14 calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over what they claim was massive rigging of the 2013 election.
He said the government was not trying to deny people of their democratic right to protest, but protest for the sake of protest was actually taking a huge toll on the national economy and tarnishing.
“These long sit-ins in the federal capital’s most sensitive area are in no way doing any good to the country”, said he.
To a question, Rafique confessed that pictures of five Pakistan Television staffers were mistakenly published along with the mugshots of suspects who had allegedly attacked state television building couple of weeks ago.
“See, I am not justifying anything here. That was a blatant mistake and we’re doing what we can to fix it”, Rafique said.
Reportedly, hundreds of protesters briefly seized the state broadcaster on September 1 intensifying a political crisis that had already gripped the country.
“Around 20 people have been identified among those who attacked the PTV building. We have arrested seven of them,” Imran Khan told a news conference. The arrests prompted PTI to cancel talks aimed at ending the crisis.
Authorities had confirmed that several people have been detained for storming the state run Pakistan Television (PTV) building earlier this month.
Talking rather out of turn, Rafique said the police lodged a false case against Pakistan Awami Tehreek.
“I deeply regret the loss of life in Model Town incident”, said he blaming the system for the ‘justice delayed’.
Rafique added the system in place in Pakistan was not perfect and it would take some time before it worked they way it should.
On former PTI president Javaid Hashmi’s parting ways with Imran Khan, the minister for railways said, Hashmi could be anything but he was not anyone’s agent or a tout — his former political party.
To another question, he said, there was no truth in rumours that Hashmi had defected PTI at this critical juncture to join Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) .
“Hashmi is not coming back to PMLN. I can say this for sure”, said he.