Won’t be blackmailed by opposition: PM Imran

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Shafaqna Pakistan:Prime Minister Imran Khan today said undemocratic and unconstitutional demands of the opposition could not be accepted.
He, however, has directed government committee to continue talks with the opposition’s Rahbar Committee.

According to Geo News, the committee has held a meeting with the prime minster who said the government would not to be blackmailed by the opposition.

He went on to say that even talks should be cancelled if the opposition tries to blackmail the government.

The premier asked the government body to meet the opposition’s Rahbar Committee and inform him what democratic rights the protesters are demanding.

Meanwhile, the prime minister has also presided over a meeting of Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Core Committee.

The prime minister has asked the interior ministry to be prepared and act swiftly if any untoward incident takes place.

Asad Qaiser telephones Shehbaz, ANP leader

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has telephoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif.

According to Geo News, the speaker stressed the need for resolution of issues through dialogue.

Shehbaz Sharif told Asad Qaiser that door of talks has not been closed by the opposition.

Both the leaders agreed on steps aimed at strengthening democracy.

Sources said the speaker also spoke to Awami National Party (ANP) leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain to discuss Azadi March.

Govt panel contacts Rahbar Committee to discuss prospect of talks
The government committee set up by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday contacted leaders of Opposition’s Rahbar Committee to discuss prospects of a meeting as tensions in the capital with rose after Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s two-day ultimatum to the government.

According to Geo News, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani contacted Rahbar Committee member and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Nayyar Bukhari.

Bukhari told him that he would consult other members of the body.

Meanwhile, the seven-member government committee left for a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan to take instructions.

The prime minister has also summoned Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhamamd Sarwar to Bani Gala for consultations.

Minister responds to JUI-F chief’s ultimatum

The PTI-led government has responded to Maulana Fazl’s speech from Friday night, where he gave the prime minister a two-day ultimatum to resign.

Tweeting a picture of the men atop the container, during yesterday’s anti-government protest, the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that if one looks closely they can see the “five families on the container who have always ruled Pakistan.”

Awan then named the families of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Asfandyar Wali Khan and Shehbaz Sharif.

The opposition leaders, she added, were attacking the government to pass on power to their own children. Read more

JUI-F Chief responds to DG ISPR’s statement
“We don’t know on what basis he has issued the statement,” said the JUI chief while speaking to the media after attending a multi-party conference of opposition leaders at his residence late Friday night.

The maulana said the statement should have come from a politician instead of the DG ISPR since he represents the institution of army.read more

Rahber Committee to mull over future plan today
JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman on Friday said the Rahber Committee will meet on Saturday (today) to formulate the future strategy with regard to the protest programme.

Talking to reporters here after attending the meetings of heads of opposition parties of All Parties Conference (APC) at his residence late Friday night, Fazl said the meetings were convened to discuss the political strategy and get the parties’ views about the march: read more

Fazl should take his grievances to the concerned institutions: DG ISPR
Talking to a private news channel, the DG ISPR said that Fazl should take his grievances to the concerned institutions.

“Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a senior politician, he knows what he’s saying,” said the DG ISPR. “Fazl should reveal which institution he was referring to–was it the armed forces, or the election commission or the judiciary,” he asked.

The DG ISPR said that Pakistan Army’s support was with an elected government and not with any political party. He said that Pakistan Army had fulfilled its legal and constitutional responsibilities in the general elections.

“It has been a year since elections were held but it is still his constitutional right to take his grievances with the relevant institution,” he said.

The DG ISPR said that Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad was being carried out across the country so that lasting peace could be established.

“Pakistan Army is an impartial institution,” he said.

DG ISPR said that posing allegations and taking to the streets won’t solve problems,” he said.

He said that even at this time, there was tension across the Line of Control (LoC) with India. He said that the armed forces had rendered sacrifices to achieve peace in the country.

“The brave tribal people and the nation spent the last two decades in difficulty,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said that if India dared to carry out any misadventure, Pakistan will give a befitting reply.

Ahsan Iqbal addresses Azadi March

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal addressed the march participants, saying that there is no respect for the voted representative.

He said that this country cannot progress until there is an elected-government holding the reins of power.

Fazl gives PM Imran a two-day ultimatum to resign
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the Azadi March did not want to clash with the institutions of the country.

“We want the institutions of the country to remain strong. We don’t want to clash with them. But we also want these institutions to remain neutral,” he added.

Fazl said that the people of Pakistan had given their verdict and it was that the government had to go.

The general elections were a sham and fraud,” he said. “This government has to go. We cannot give it further time,” he added.

Fazl said that his followers were peaceful otherwise these people had the capability to ‘arrest’ the prime minister of Pakistan.

The JUI-F chief said that he was giving PM Imran two days to resign.

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