ISLAMABAD: PTI leader and chief negotiator Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday reiterated the party’s demand that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign forthwith and assemblies be dissolved.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq expressed fears of spoilers trying to sabotage the already stalled government-PTI negotiations to create anarchy in the country. The PTI leadership said the demand that the prime minister should resign for 30 days and retake office in case the Supreme Court Commission terms 2013 elections as fair, prompting a subtle reply from the JI chief who said that the time period for the PM to resign or proceed on leave could be reduced or negotiated if the two sides re-start the stalled talks.
“Mid-term elections and resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif is need of then hour for stable democratic system in the country. We are hopeful that success would be for the democratic system,” Qureshi told media alongside Sirajul Haq and leaders of both the sides, as they came out of a meeting held at PTI Secretary General Jahangir Khan Tareen’s House. “Some people want bloodshed in the country and desire anarchy. All nations ... especially Pakistan’s friend like China are also worried about worsening political situation in the country and want peaceful solution to the crisis,” Sirajul Haq told media.
The JI chief said all political forces should think in the best national interest of the country in order to solve the present political crisis through dialogue process. He said it is their collective responsibility to pull the country out of a political deadlock in this critical time by facilitating the dialogue process between the government and protesters. Siraj said that dialogue process would lead to a win-win situation for the nation and parliament. “The government and protesters should come to a solution otherwise a third party will get the benefit,” he warned. “Through sit-ins they (PTI and PAT) have registered their protests and now they should move forward towards resolution of problems through dialogue,” Sirajul Haq added. Meanwhile, Qureshi said there was no hidden power who wishes to threaten the country.
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