Pakistani government Sunday rejected as irresponsible an announcement of a political leader, who asked the people to launch a civil disobedience movement to mount pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf's chief, Imran Khan, Sunday told his party's supporters in Islamabad that he would not pay electricity and gas bills.
Khan said he has started the disobedience movement to force the prime minister to resign in two days.
Sharif has rejected calls for his resignation and his government is mulling over possibility to invite him to dialogue.
Government's minister quickly rejected Khan's announcement and described it as illegal and unconstitutional.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar condemned the announcement and said Pakistan cannot afford such decisions as the country is in the state of war. He advised the opposition leader to review his politics of protests.
The minister also said the government is ready to hold dialogue with the opposition leader as doors of talks are opened democratically.
Minister for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali, said the government will disconnect power supply to Khan and all others who refuse to pay taxes.
Political leaders have also criticized Khan's disobedience movement and said there is no justification for such a step in a country where all national institutions work smoothly. ISLAMABAD, Aug. 17(Xinhua)