ISLAMABAD: The PML-N regime on Monday outrightly rejected the fresh proposal by some opposition leaders that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should go on a month-long leave instead of resigning from his post for the same period, it was reliably learnt.
As Prime Minister and his top aides consulted pros and cons of such a slightly new proposal, there was a strong advise from majority that if the PML-N regime would budge at this moment and Premier goes into hibernation or disappears from the scene, it would amount to a defeat and adverse public perception for the days and months to come. Some of PM’s close aides were convinced that the whole scheme of the twin march planners revolved around creating anarchy in the country and wrap the whole democratic system. But, some ministers think it is a pre-mature assumption for military establishment of the country wanted stake holders to settle the political crisis at hand to be settled within the present week to the max. The working of federal government could not remain crippled for another week, they cautioned, as some elements talked about military’s patience getting thin day by day in the wake of politicians’ failure to resolve the current crisis. Both PTI and Pat leaders on Monday night feared that a crackdown on twin marchers was on the cards as soon as early morning on Tuesday, but the government sources continued to term it a nerve game only.
The government was however surprisingly open to a similar proposal in the Punjab province, attaching a fresh, time bound judicial inquiry into the June Model Town killing with conditional resignation or proceeding on leave by the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Sources said MQM and Jamaat-e- Islami leaderships were also secretly trying to convince both PAT and PTI leadership on this formula. Hectic efforts were witnessed all day on Monday by top politicians heading different political parties to convince the twin-march leaders to lower political temperature and come to an understanding with the PML-N government to resolve the current political impasse.
A MQM delegation led Khalid Mabool Siddiqi, Dr Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghauri and others met Dr Tahirul Qadri in his container at the Constitution Avenue, appealed to him to avoid any bloodshed and anarchy. Dr Qadri refused to lower his demands till filing of this report, a MQM leader told anonymity. All these developments followed a telephone call by former President Asif Ali Zardari Monday evening to PTI Chief Imran Khan and Shaikh Rashid Ahmad and discussed current situation. Zardari reportedly asked the two to give up their demand for PM Sharif to resign, and agree on a compromise formula of this sort in the Punjab province, coupled with a time bound elections reforms formula, plus the SC investigations into the 2013 elections elections fraud allegations. Imran was non committal, PTI leaders said, adding that if the PTI budged it would amount to his failure. A PPP committee led by Qamar Zaman Kaira is expected to meet Imran Khan on Tuesday. The former President called both after the CEC meeting of the Party in Bilawal Hous Karachi. Mr Zardari on Monday evening also telephoned Amir Jamaat Islami Mr. Sirajul Haq and discussed current situation.
PPP’s leadership is also convinced about the Punjab CM sidelining idea, but was not ready to disclose it publicly. Though PAT had shown some positive signs on the provincial chief executive proceeding of leave subject to outcome of the proposed judicial commission, PTI Chief Imran Khan was not ready to budge from his stance that the PM should resign and proceed on a 30 days time bound leave subject to outcome of a proposed Supreme Court Inquiry over allegations of rigging in 2013 elections. Amidst the political wrangling, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah called a meeting of all the parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly meeting room to discuss the whole scenario. JUI’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PKMAP’s Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Watan Party’s Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, MQM’s Iqbal Mohammad Ali, and others attended the meeting. Sources said parliamentary leaders expressed their resolve to thwart any undemocratic move against the parliament and elected government, expressing fears that PAT leadership wanted to destabilize the whole system through bloodshed.
As visible and back channel diplomacy continued in the federal capital to resolve the current political turmoil, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Monday consulted his close aides on the pros and cons of getting vacated the Constitution Avenue on the heels of an apex court direction amidst words of caution from some advisors who fear a crackdown might get out of control, it was reliably learnt. Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan meanwhile kept on convincing the Premier and his aides not to loose patience as he himself toured the Red Zone area to weigh option to push the marchers away from the Constitution Avenue. Fearing that the whole twin march scene was scripted to invite some kind of un-constitutional intervention on the heels of any tragic incident that could happen in case of a government crack down, till date there is an overwhelming consensus in the ruling regime not to use force in any case to provoke undemocratic forces, it was learnt. Hectic efforts were witnessed all day on Monday by top politicians heading different political parties to convince the twin-march leaders to lower political temperature and come to an understanding with the PML-N government to resolve the current political impasse.
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