Govt must give free hand to PTI marchers: PPP

LAHORE: Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, has urged the government to give free hand to the Azadi marchers of the PTI on August 14 in Islamabad.
This he said in a statement issued from here Sunday. He further said that it was also the responsibility of the PTI leadership to ensure peaceful Azadi march for the sake of democracy and the country adding show of high handedness on the part of either side would push the country to a deeper crisis. He observed that Imran Khan was a leader of national stature due to democracy and therefore he should not hesitate to stand up the forces those were lurking in the shadow to harm it. 
The people of Pakistan had rendered countless sacrifices for the attainment of their democratic rights usurped by their enemies, he pointed out.
While commenting on the Pakistan Awami Tehrik workers who were wearing gas masks and wielding offensive sticks, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo maintained that it was the reaction of the Punjab police brutalities committed against them outside the residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri killing more than fourteen people and injuring many. He said that the whole civil society had rejected the criminal decision of the Punjab Government to use blatant force just to remove the barriers outside PAT chief’s residence. It speaks volumes of the lack of administrative acumen of the Punjab government’s mandarins who unleashed the reign of terror on the innocent and unarmed workers.
He said that now the localities in the vicinity of Model Town , Lahore , were literary under siege because the government had blocked the roads by putting a large number of containers paralyzing the normal life. The PPP leader said the PAT workers wearing gas mask and wielding sticks was regrettable who killed two officials of the law enforcement agencies and injured more than one hundred of them. Their conduct was regrettable adding they should have not taken law into their hands.
Wattoo expressed his deep condolences to the families of the police officials who were their bread earners and expressed sympathies to the injured police officials. Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo reiterated that the PPP and its leadership was totally committed to the continuity of democracy and would not let its derailment come what may. As the country’s political and military leadership gathered under one roof to discuss the results and scope of the ongoing North Waziristan military operation on Saturday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif used the occasion to offer unconditional talks to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, urging him to cancel his long march for the sake of national unity. 
“The PTI should cancel its long march and negotiate with the government on its demands, including opening up 10 National Assembly constituencies for recounting,” the premier told the meeting in his opening remarks that were televised live on the state-run and private news channels. “Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq met me the other day after meeting Imran Khan and conveyed that the PTI could end its long march if we agree to open up 10 National Assembly constituencies for recounting. We are open to these negotiations and invite Imran Khan to sit with us to negotiate on all contentious issues,” Nawaz Sharif told the National Security Conference (NSC) participants at the Prime Minister’s House Saturday morning.

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