PM’s resignation out of question: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Planning and Coordinator Minister, Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would not resign from his office.  “The demand of prime minister’s resignation by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) is absolutely illogical and un-constitutional,” Ahsan Iqbal said, adding that the government was ready to accept all other demands that were constitutional. He said that if PTI wanted to remove the prime minister only and not his government, it proved that they did not have any problem with the government, but with Nawaz Sharif only. Talking to media after a meeting with a delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami led by its Ameer Sirajul Haq, Ahsan Iqbal said that the government had accepted PTI’s basic demands for electoral reforms and a transparent investigation of the general elections 2013. Ahsan Iqbal said that the judicial commission would probe into the allegations of rigging and if the allegations proved true then the government would have to go, otherwise, a severe punishment should also be recommended for the PTI leaders for hurling false and baseless allegations. Ahsan said that the political crisis started from the current sit-ins by PTI and PAT workers, the country’s economic situation was also worsening. He said that due to the crisis, the value of rupee against US dollar had fallen by over Rs 4 within a week, which was causing a huge loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer. He said that the government had assured PAT that it would probe into the Model Town incident and all those responsible would be punished accordingly. JI chief Sirajul Haq said that the protests and sit-ins had brought the country to a standstill, adding that it had caused a great loss to the national economy. Siraj said, “The economy had not only suffered but its wheel was moving the other way round due to the ongoing protests and sit-ins.” He hoped that the government, PTI and PAT would show more flexibility so that the crisis ends as soon as possible. He agreed that the country’s election system needed to be improved as after every election rigging allegations emerged from different sections of society and stakeholders. He said that all the political parties should join hands to correct the system.

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