Imran Khan should demonstrate flexibility: Gilani

ISLAMABAD - Former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday was of the opinion that Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Imran Khan should demonstrate flexibility in his behavior as there are no hard and fast rules in politics and should sit together on table for parleys to work out viable solution to his demands.

Talking to APP here today, Yousuf Raza Gilani supporting his point of view quoted Winston Churchill having said that "Politics is day to day affair as even a week is long". He said that both Imran Khan and government have their strong stances but sooner or later, they have to sit together for negotiations.

He categorically said that "There is no way out, except holding dialogues in true democratic spirit by the either sides," adding the government should also show lenient attitude to defuse the tension.

The former prime minister said in prevailing global political scenario, nothing is considered as a last or final word in politics and there is always a room for flexibility for the promotion of decent democratic norms.

He was of the view that current situation could be averted if the likely repercussions were taken care off well on time. He said even if Imran Khan insists on long march then he (Imran Khan) must ensure it within the ambit of constitution of Pakistan.

Regarding imposition of Article 245, he was of the considered opinion that government must have taken opposition and other political parties into confidence in this regard. While commenting on the Model Town mishap, the former prime minister said it was mishandled and situation could be controlled if right political decision was taken in time.

The vice chairman of PPP said that "While being head of the federal government I always consulted my political allies and took them in confidence on all importance national issues".

He said in a democratic government, long march, strikes and protests were part of democracy without jeopardizing the peace, law and order situation.

He said there is a vivid difference between political speeches during electioneering and ground realities. He was of the firm conviction that double standards in politics give birth to doubts and create misunderstanding.

While concluding, he hoped that government will review imposition of Article 245 shortly to help pave the way for result oriented parleys adding political stability is the key to all issues.


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