'Govt-Opp deadlock moving towards confrontation'

Rehman says PPP adopts a neutral stance in current political crisis

KARACHI – Former Interior Affairs minister and Pakistan People’s Party leader Rehman Malik has warned that the deadlock between the government and the protesting parties – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) – is moving towards confrontation.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, he said that the onus lies on the government to manage and resolve the political impasse. He also said that the army has given a clear signal to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri and that it was now up to them to manage the situation.

"If we fail to resolve the current political impasse, the situation can get worse," he said adding that both the protesting parties should focus on a resolution through talks. He said it was up to the sagacity of the prime minister that the issue was resolved in an amicable manner.

The PPP leader said that their leadership has advised them to adopt a neutral stance in the political situation. He said that there should be no comparison of former president Asif Ali Zardari in politics and he would play his role when the time comes. He said that the PPP was stressing a solution by remaining within the constitution.

He prayed that time should not come when the prime minister was forced to resign. He pointed out that the PPP has always sided with the democratic forces and its leaders and workers have given unparallel sacrifices for this purpose. To a question, Rehman said that there had been long marches in the history of Pakistan and emphasized that patience was key to deal with the political issues.



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