ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri on Thursday accepted Pakistan Army as the mediator in the standoff with the government and gave 24 hours time for working out the modalities for an agreement under the umbrella and guarantee of armed forces.
“Nawaz Sharif requested army for mediation with protesting parties and army officially contacted me for mediation,” Qadri told his followers at the Constitution Avenue and agreed to accept the meditation of the army after his workers gave the signal for such a course. A jubilant-looking Qadri, however, declared the door of negotiations with the PML-N government had been closed, but on the request of army a 24-hour time has been given to work out the formula for agreement regarding his party’s demands.
Qadri said that it was for the first time in the history of the country that army had directly intervened for mediation and “since being our army which is scarifying a lot for the nation I will give them the chance to do their work”. Qadri, however, advised his workers to stay at the sit-in venue for further 24 hours and remain determined and steadfast. Earlier in the day, Qadri rejected the FIR registered regarding the Model Town killings, saying, “A section of terrorism (Section 87) has not been included in it and names of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were missing in it.”
He demanded resignations of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and dissolution of all assemblies. “No one will be able to get justice till the time PM Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif are in power,” the fiery cleric told his charged followers who have been staging a sit-in for the last many days on the Constitution Avenue in the sensitive Red Zone of the capital. According to Qadri, lives and properties of the people were not safe. “The state is responsible for protecting lives and properties of the inhabitants of the land. But it has denied them this right so far.”
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