Religious parties call for protection of democracy

ISLAMABAD: The Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) – an umbrella of six religious parties – on Sunday vowed to protect the democratic system in the country and extended support to the ten-point agenda of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). After a meeting at a local hotel and then another meeting with the leadership of the PAT, MYC leaders separately talked to media. They expressed support for democracy and Tahirul Qadri-led PAT, which is staging a sit-in against the PML-N government in Islamabad. Sahibzad Abul Khair, a leader of MYC, said that the meeting decided to make efforts for mediation between the PAT and government to steer the country out of current political impasse which, he said, had put in jeopardy the future of democracy. Liaqat Baloch, secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), which is part of MYC, said all the parties are united on one platform that the democratic system should be allowed to function in the country. He said the whole country and political parties will suffer if dialogue process is halted. JUI-F leader Maulana Ghafoor Haidri said that his party supports dialogues, however, pointed added that the demands of the protesting parties are un-constitutional and unacceptable. He said differences can be resolved in parliament. Later talking to media after meeting with PAT leadership, MYC leaders announced support for ten-point agenda of PAT. MYC delegation held a meeting with Qadri also. MYC also offered mediation between PAT and government. The delegation was comprised of Liaquat Baloch, Sahibzada Abul Khair, central leader of JUP-Noorani, Allama Sajid Naqvi, chief Islami Tehreek and JI’s Farid Paracha and Mian Aslam and others. Baloch said that MYC supports PAT agenda related to socio-economic sectors that Dr Qadri laid down before the nation. He urged the government to register FIR in Model Town tragedy that left 14 people dead. He demanded the culprits involved in this crime must be given exemplary punishment. Baloch said that judicial commission formed for investigation of this incident should not have any judge from Punjab. Abdul Khair hoped that present crisis would be over soon and said that constitution, democracy and parliament would be defended. He also prayed for Qadri and said that all conspiracies to trigger anarchy and violence would be failed.

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