Govt, opposition to meet again tonight after ‘positive’ discussion on Azadi March

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Shafaqna Pakistan:The government’s negotiation team, headed by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, and the opposition’s Rahber Committee met in Islamabad on Friday evening to discuss the matter of the anti-government protest, dubbed as Azadi March, which is set to take place in the federal capital on October 31.

Following an hour-long meting, Rahber Committee convener Akram Khan Durrani briefly addressed the media, saying both the parties discussed “positive things” in a cordial environment.

He added that the opposition’s committee will again meet the government’s team at 10pm today and subsequently inform the media about the progress made in the talks.
JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has announced the Azadi March, to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, claiming that he came into power through rigged elections.

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Other opposition parties including PPP, PML-N, ANP among others are also backing the Fazl’s anti-government march.

On Thursday, the JUI-F chief had hinted that despite the Friday talks, his party is unlikely to roll back its plan to stage its Azadi March on October 31.

Before meeting with the government, the opposition had also held consultative meeting for a discussion between the Rehbar Committee members.

The Committee members in attendance include JUI-F’s Akram Durrani, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP)’s Awais Noorani, PPP’s Nayyar Bukhari and Farhatullah Babar, PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Awami National Party’s Mian Iftikhar Hussain, MMA’s Owais Noorani, Qaumi Watan Party’s Hashim Babar and National Party’ Tahir Bizenjo.

The government’s negotiating committee headed by Pervez Khattak includes National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi, PTI leader Asad Umar, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood and Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri.