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PTI has been morally defeated: Saad

17 October, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday claimed that Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had lost the political ground with a "moral defeat".

Talking to the press, Saad Rafique said the "anti-democratic forces that are hatching conspiracies against the incumbent government" cannot prevent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government's from making what he called economic explosions.

He added that the Chinese president had signed projects worth $20 billion with India, but owing to the current sit-ins in the capital he could not come to Pakistan. Rafique further said that Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri are the cause of stoppage of foreign investment in Pakistan.

He claimed that the anti-government sit-ins have failed and will end in a couple of days. Commenting on the Multan by-elections he said it is "a fight between a lie and democracy" and the ruling PML-N was supporting democracy against the lie. He said the PTI leadership is using electricity but not paying up the bills. The minister held Imran Khan responsible for the delays in power projects.

Saad Rafique PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) wanted to contest local government (LG) elections to bring so-called "revolution and independence". He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was given a heavy mandate by the nation in general election 2013 and its government would complete its constitutional term.

"Nobody would be allowed to derail democracy," the minister said. "We had accepted the mandate of other parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Sindh and Balochistan," he added.

Saad Rafique said that after coming to power, the PML-N planned to improve the economy by eliminating corruption, strengthening the defaulting national institutions, improving relations with foreign countries and restoring the confidence of foreign investors.

The government, he added, launched alternative energy schemes, power plants and solar energy projects to overcome the energy crisis. "Due to the government's efforts dollar has devalued," he added. The railways minister claimed that conspiracies were being hatched against the PML-N government and the sit-ins being staged by the PTI and PAT were aimed at paralysing the government. "They had caused loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer," he added.

He said in 1998, some international forces launched conspiracies against then prime minister Nawaz Sharif for making Pakistan a nuclear power and getting it out of foreign debts. Now again such forces were out to destabilise the PML-N government, he added.

Rafique said PTI chief Imran Khan could not improve the performance of his party government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as he was busy in hatching conspiracies against the federal government. The minister said Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri, Chaudhry brothers and Pervez Musharraf plan to destabilise the country, but they could not succeed in their designs.


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