ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Sindh Sharjeel Inam Memon Tuesday welcomed the announcement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding establishment of a judicial commission to probe the rigging allegations by Imran Khan saying that the PPP support it.
He, however, said that the government had delayed a lot while making the decision. Talking to a private TV channel, Sharjeel Memon said the prime minister should meet with Imran Khan and address other reservations as well.
He urged Imran Khan to bring some flexibility in his stance as well and hold negotiations with the government to resolve all the issues. “It was the democratic right of any party to protest but it should be within the parameters of law and constitution,” he added.
Sharjeel said, “Decisions should be made in parliament and that democracy should keep going.”
Pakistan People’s Party Central Leader and former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira also supported the decision of the government saying that he had also suggested the government to make Imran Khan the chairman of the electoral reforms committee, adding, “Imran Khan should consider this request as his victory. Even if he calls off his march, it will be his victory. This is a good beginning.”
Meanwhile, Awami National Party (ANP) Leader, Senator Haji Adeel said that PM has given a good proposal. Talking to local TV channel, Haji Adeel said that in case Imran Khan gives the guaranty of a peaceful march than he will be allowed to carry out his march. He added that the PM’s proposal has fulfilled Imran Khan’s demands.
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq said, “The government has a different approach to PTI and PAT. They see PTI as a democratic institution while PAT as anarchists. The issues are not complicated - the two parties are both talking about the well being of the country, so everyone should come together for a solution.
Nawaz Sharif has given Imran Khan a choice for a way out. “Even if the march happens on August 14, it should be peaceful and avoid bloodshed. The government should address their demands and not derail democracy in the country. We are with Imran Khan’s demands for investigation of rigging in the elections, but we are maintaining contact with both parties to create a middle ground,” he added.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that PM Nawaz Sharif presented all facts before the nation. He said that the PM has announced setting up judicial commission. CM Punjab said that Imran Khan’s undemocratic reaction to demand elected PM’s resignation was unconstitutional and unlawful. Shahbaz Sharif said that no one will be allowed to hijack public mandate.
In response to PM Nawaz Sharif’s address to the nation on Tuesday night, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said that it is unfortunate he made no mention of the Model Town tragedy deaths in his address to the nation. In a press conference, he said that a PAT member died of a heart attack as medical aid could not reach due to blockades all over the city. “Democracy is not merely the name of elections, it is the fulfillment of basic human rights,” Qadri said.
Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rasheed has said that they were leaving for the Azadi March to free the country from the mafia instead of derailing democracy.
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