Sheikh Rasheed urges Imran, Qadri to join forces against PML-N

AML chief questions implementation of Article 245 at a time when political rivals are planning anti-govt protests


Ferya Ilyas August 08, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Friday urged the chiefs of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek to join forces against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).

Speaking outside the National Assembly, Rasheed questioned the government’s decision to implement Article 245 of the constitution in Islamabad at a time when political rivals are planning anti-government protests. “What is the government trying to prove by inviting the army,” he said.

He also criticised the government for not negotiating with PAT chief Tahirul Qadri just because his party has no seat in the parliament. “Being in the National Assembly means nothing; Qadri is a strong political force and has a big number of supporters,” he said.

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Saad invites Imran to talks

Railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, while speaking to the media outside the parliament, asked PTI head Imran Khan to come to the negotiation table and discuss his grievances with the government.

“The government is trying to address Imran’s concerns through dialogue and other political parties are playing their roles,” he said.

The minister criticised Imran for always making demands but never explaining the legal method to fulfill those demands. “Recounting and ordering re-polling is the job of election tribunals and they are working on all the complaints,” he said.

Referring to a PTI candidate who lost his provincial seat in Karachi on allegation of rigging, Rafique asked if PML-N should accuse PTI of poll rigging in the port city.

He requested Imran to delay his march if not cancel it and help the government address the problems of the internally displaced persons instead. “The country is at war and we need to win this fight against terrorism; we need to take care of our displaced brothers,” he said.

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COMMENTS (9)

Adnan Siddiqi | 6 years ago | Reply

@Nida Alvi:

We can bemoan the "Foreign Rogue Element" all we want. What to say about the Rogue Pakistanis in our own land of pure?

Nida Alvi | 6 years ago | Reply

Sheikh Rasheed is only a loud mouth, not to be taken seriously. He has ran away from his promises many times in the past yet this man shows audacity to appear in the media. However, it seems that a rogue element is trying to unite all the political orphans http://www.naibaat.com.pk/ePaper/islamabad/07-08-2014/details.aspx?id=p1_02.jpg The rogue element is on vacation from the foreign government to create chaos in Pakistan to create another Iraq & Syria-like situation here.

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