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Pakistan opposition parties remain defiant
Publication Date : 18-08-2014
Undeterred by inclement weather and low turnouts, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) continue protests in Islamabad for a fourth day running.
Both PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT Chief Tahirul Qadri have so far stood firm on the one demand that remains off the negotiating table with the Pakistan Muslim League-N led government - that prime minister Nawaz Sharif step down to make way for a new government, a new system.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Khursheed Shah has called for a session in the NA between the government and opposition parties to discuss PTI chief Imran Khan's call for civil disobedience.
He said that talks between political party leaders have already started.
“I am already speaking with Malulana Fazlur Rehman, Mahmood Achakzai, Aftab Sherpao and Sirajul Haq,” Shah said.
“We are conducting talks between the government and Imran Khan,” the opposition leader said.
“I will speak with various political parties tomorrow...We will debate and discuss Imran Khan’s statements,” Shah said.
“I am confident that within two days we will find a solution,” said the opposition leader.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that PTI chairman Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience, “Is nothing more than a joke”.
He said that if Imran Khan was going to make such a call, what was the point of having a long march.
“If he was going to make such a declaration, he should have done it earlier on,” said the MQM leader.
He urged the government and PTI to resolve their differences through dialogue.
“The current political situation is causing harm to the country,” he said.
During a press conference, federal interior minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said the PTI is alone and that no political party is supporting them.
“The PTI is alone and no political party is supporting them,” the interior minister said.
He said that that civil disobedience movements work less against governments and more against politics itself.
“We are ready to accept all of Imran Khan’s constitutional and legal demands,” said Nisar.
He urged PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri to work for democracy and Pakistan by uniting the country.
During his speech PTI chief Imran Khan told party workers and supporters, “We will be celebrating before deadline is over”.
“We will win this game before the two days are up… we will be free,” the PTI chief said.
“The working people in the country have been crushed by this system,” he said
“If Imran Khan becomes prime minister, he will never ask money from anyone…I will never ask for money from Saudi Arabia, America or the IMF” said Imran.
“The Islamabad police cannot stop this sea of people,” said the PTI chief.