Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak said.

 
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Briefing the media, head of government negotiation committee, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak said it would set a bad precedent if an elected prime minister resigns on opposition's demand.

He said, 'We cannot accept (such) demands of a mob of 20,000-30,000 people. If we do that (today), in future anyone can blackmail a democratically elected government in a similar way'.

He said the government was not worried about the opposition's Azadi March. However, he said the speeches by opposition leaders maligning the national institutions were unfortunate.

Speaking against the institutions which gave sacrifices for the country would be tantamount to "enmity with the county," Pervaiz Khattak mentioned.

The minister said those who had, in past, opposed using the religion card were also present on the container.

He said, even now the government was willing to talk with the opposition, but they would need to put forward demands within the ambit of the Constitution.

He said the prime minister effectively pleaded the Kashmir case at United Nations while being chairman of Kashmir committee during his tenure, Maulana Fazlur Rehman did nothing in this regard.

He said the protest would help India because it could put the issue of Kashmir to the backburner.

"If anything was damaged, or anyone gets harmed by the 'Azadi March,' then the responsibility of it would fall on the opposition, not the government as per the agreement," he said.

Replying to a question, Pervaiz Khattak said the Core Committee of the ruling PTI had decided to move to the courts against Maulana Fazlur Rehman for allegedly...

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