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Govt, protesting parties restart talks


ISLAMABAD: Marathon political activity on Wednesday night finally emanated hopeful signals regarding resolution of the present political impasses as respective government committees met the PTI and PAT delegations separately in the presence of the opposition’s parliamentary committee members. 
The government committee did not talk to media after the meeting with PTI, but the PTI leaders seemed hopeful about “some” positive outcome on Thursday. Meanwhile, the PAT-government separate meeting under the supervision of JI chief Sirajul Haq-led jirga made some headway as far as vacation of parliament lawns by its workers was concerned, but it could not make any breakthrough on the demand that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should resign after the registration of Model Town killings FIR against him.
“We are hopeful of coming up with some solution to the dialogue process by Thursday (today),” PTI committee member Asad Umar told media after the meeting with the government committee and opposition’s parliamentary committee headed by JI Amir Sirajul Haq. The government committee, which met PTI and Sirajul Haq-led jirga at the residence of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen, was headed by Senior Minister Ishaq Dar and included Ahsan Iqbal and Javed Shafi. “The negotiations are progressing,” said PTI leader Arif Alvi, as another committee member, Shafqat Mahmood, noted: “The meeting with the government committee will continue on Thursday as well.” The PTI delegation was led by Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and included Jahangir Tareen, Arif Alvi, Asad Umar and Shafqat Mahmood. 
The PAT-government-opposition parliamentary leaders committee meanwhile met separately at PPP leader Rehman Malik’s residence. “We have decided to continue with the dialogue process and will not indulge into details for now,” Ahsan Iqbal told media after the meeting. “We want to continue with the talks to make them result-oriented and meaningful...we will keep on talking till we find a solution,” PAT President Dr Raheek Abbasi told media after the talks. Sirajul Haq termed it a good sign that things are removing towards ending the deadlock in the dialogue, followed by the hectic efforts of mediating team. He said 70 percent of the talk’s process obtained success.
He also demanded PM Nawaz Sharif to release the arrested worker of PAT and PTI from all over the country. He said it would be unpleasant, if solution of the issue was not found, adding “we will continue to make efforts for cordial solution of the issue till the last moment”. PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he considered the parliament his political ‘Kaaba’ and wanted to save the house not burn it. He again asked the protesters who were languishing at the green areas of parliament to immediately vacate the parliament house premises. Qureshi said his party’s sit-in was peaceful and within the law, adding that “we have not come here to fight but to talk”.
Senator Rehman Malik expressed the hope that current political impasse would end soon with a solution acceptable to all stakeholders. He wished for showing patience and was confident that a consensus solution would be reached by the political parties.He said the deadlocks in negotiations were part of politics, but he was optimist that the political impasse would end soon. He expressed concern over erection of tents by protestors in the premises of Parliament House, saying this was not conveying a good message to the world. He said it was the collective responsibility of all the political forces, including the protesting parties, to safeguard democracy.
Negotiations between the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the opposition negotiating team earlier took place at Senator Rehman Malik residence in Islamabad. PAT president Dr Raheeq Abbasi while talking to media persons said PAT wants to resolve the political crisis through dialogue. Abbasi said that PAT has demanded during the talks with the Jirga again that government have to formulate new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on model town incident, and new election commission, fair investigation into rigging of election 2013. Abbasi also demanded release of his party workers arrested from all over the country.

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