Governor says NA speaker ready for vote recount

* NA speaker says Sarwar has no right to talk about his constituency * Governor takes Punjab CM into confidence about talks with leaders of political parties

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Saturday said that National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was ready for a vote recount in his constituency. However, Sadiq resented Sarwar’s statement, saying the governor has no right to give statements about his constituency. 
The governor said this while talking to reporters after a meeting with JI chief Sirajul Haq on Saturday.
The governor said all the parties have identical agenda except for a few demands. He praised the role of PPP and JI leaders and MQM chief Altaf Hussain and the Sindh governor in the ongoing crisis.
Haq expressed the confidence that he would be able to find a solution with the cooperation of all political parties. He said the Punjab governor has played a constructive role in the present crisis. He condemned the Gujranwala incident but had a word of praise for the government over the arrest of those responsible.  
He said it was encouraging that every one is talking about democracy and constitution. He cautioned against those elements who could be sowing the seeds of confrontation.
He said it is not a fight between two armies but difference of opinion among political rivals. 
The Punjab governor said National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was ready for a vote recount in his constituency. He said the JI has established medical camps for both PTI and PAT workers and would be arranging food for the participants with in the limited resources of the party.
Meanwhile, the governor is holding consultations with leaders of different parties. 
Former interior minister Rehman Malik and the governor discussed ways and means on how to end the political crisis in the country.
In a telephonic conversation between the two leaders on Saturday, Malik said that negotiations should be held to end the confrontation of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with the government. He expressed concerns that delaying the negotiations process will lead to further problems.
“PAT and PTI leaders are being given threats. The security of the two leaders should be stepped up”, Malik said. Sarwar said that the federal government was ready to show flexibility and hold talks within the constitution and law.
Later, the governor took Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif into confidence about the talks with leaders of political parties.
Separately, Ayaz Sadiq expressed his strong resentment over Sarwar’s statement that he was ready for a vote recount in his constituency and said the governor has no right to speak about his constituency.
The speaker, who avoids making statement over the electronic media, immediately, reacted after Governor’s press talk. He said he was ready to immediately follow the instructions of the prime minister about recounting in his constituency.
The speaker said that he had not spoken to the Governor on this issue and the governor cannot speak on his behalf. He said he is speaker of the National Assembly and as a political worker, he knows how to speak about matters concerning him.
After the speaker’s strong reaction, the governor apologised over his statement.

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