ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has said that he has never rejected talks with the government and rejected the claim of the government officials that he was not meeting the negotiators.
Pointing towards Haider Abbas Rizvi and Ejazul Haq who were standing close to the PAT chief, Qadri said ask them if I have said no to talks to anyone. He said no one came to him for talks and “I haven't said no to anyone.” Addressing journalists, Qadri said that they regard the parliament as a sacred institution.
“However, I do not agree with those who indulge in state terrorism in the name of democracy,” he said. He also directed his supporters to move away from the gates of important buildings as army was inside there. He said army was there for the security. The PAT chief said he was refuting the charge levelled against him that he and his party were engaged in a movement to derail democracy in Pakistan.
He said that it was those who have abused their power to cause harm to the public who were in fact derailing democracy. He asked what the PML-N leaders would have done if any of their loved ones were harmed, the Sharif brothers would have employed the services of thugs and murderers to take revenge if an FIR was not registered.
Qadri said he and his supporters were peace-loving and law-abiding citizens. Talking to journalists, Ejazul Haq and Haider Rizvi demanded of the government to supply water, washroom facility and facilitate the container with food items to reach the PAT protestors. They were confident that the deadlock about the talks was over and would return to the PAT chief with a team of ministers.