Hopes for ‘good news’ as PTI, PAT to meet negotiators

Supporters Imran Khan, wave party flags during an anti-government protest near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on September 2, 2014. — Photo by AFP

The political turmoil in Pakistan has been taking many turns along a turbulent road, in which Tuesday was no exception.

During the day’s developments the Supreme Court issued notices to all parliamentary parties along with the PAT, and more importantly a Joint session of Parliament opened in which all the parties put aside their differences and stood firmly against what they termed were attempts to derail the democratic process in Pakistan.

MNA’s from various political parties gave their support to the prime minister and criticised the PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT leader Tahirul Qadri.

From Aitzaz Ahsan to Mahmood Achakzai and from Chaudhry Nisar to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, MNA’s took shots at Imran Khan and said the protest movement was jeopardising the democratic set-up.

Estranged PTI MNA Javed Hashmi announced his resignation from the National Assembly and embraced briefly his former party leader and now PM Nawaz Sharif, who listened to speech after speech denouncing the marchers and voices of support for him that crossed party lines.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri continued their protests and criticized political figures as well and reiterated their demand that both Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif had to go.

Dialogue process to resume: Qureshi

Vice-president of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mehmmod Qureshi told media persons that his party had presented its view point during a meeting of the PTI’s negotiating committee with the negotiating team headed by Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Emir Sirajul Haq held at PTI leader Jahangir Tareen’s residence in Islamabad.

Qureshi said that members of the opposition jirga had expressed their will to initiate dialogue for the sake of democracy, which was agreed to.

He added that a meeting would be held tomorrow at 4pm at Pakistan Peoples Party leader Rehman Malik’s residence during which talks would be resumed from where they had discontinued.

Adressing media persons after the meeting, JI Emir Sirajul Haq said “Entire nation is disturbed due to the ongoing crises. PTI accepted our request with open heart and we are thankful to them. We will continue the journey of dialogue process until a logical conclusion was reached.”

Senior PPP leader Rehman Malik said “I would like to thank Imran Khan who met us in the middle of the crowd. We condemn the use of violence against their party activists.”

He said “I would request the government to not to view the agreement of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and PTI to engage in dialogue as their weakness. I would also appeal to the government to stop the act of detaining PAT an PTI activists across the country.”

Imran khan summons all PTI activists to Islamabad

“It is a battle of nerves now, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the unleashing of brutality on our activists under fear and has lost the match,” Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said early on Wednesday, while addressing his supporters outside Parliament House in Islamabad and appealing to other party activists from all over the country to gather at the sit-in venue.

“An anti-terrorism case has been registered against me and I have also been charged for treason,“ he said adding that “I will not back off from my stance and remain here only. I will wait for the prime minister to make mistakes and lose his seat.”

Khan also said that the ‘status quo’ has aligned itself with Nawaz Sharif in the name of democracy to ‘save their looted wealth and their misdeeds’ and appealed to all party activists from across the country to reach Islamabad to join the anti-government protests.

Talks between opposition jirga, PTI begin at Tareen’s residence

After holding separate meeting with Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri, the grand opposition jirga – a negotiating team headed by JI Emir Sirajul Haq – has reached at the residence of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen in Islamabad.

PTI’s committee also includes Asad Umar, Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak, Shafqat Mehmmod, Arfi Alvi and Shah Mehmmod Qureshi.

Opposition leaders would soon meet with PTI, PAT teams: Sirajul Haq

Emir Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq, who was heading the negotiating committee, said that the ‘jirga’ was not representing the government but the public.

He appreciated the protesters for remaining ‘peaceful’. Haq said until a peaceful solution to the issue is not found, they would not give up facilitating the two sides.

The JI emir said that the PTI and PAT have formed their respective negotiating committee and they will soon meet with them. A first round of talks would be held with the PTI team, headed by Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the media would be apprised about it.

 

Nation will soon hear ‘good news’: Rehman Malik

Speaking to the media after meeting with Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri, PPP Senator Rehman Malik said that they met with the two protesting leaders to diffuse prevailing political tension. He expressed optimism that the nation would soon hear the good news. He lauded PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s role in breaking the stalemate.

He said that ice has melted and the two sides would engage in a decisive phase of talks soon.

Emir Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq, who was heading the negotiating committee, said that the ‘jirga’ was not representing the government but the public.

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