Except withdrawal of Article 245’s notification, the government has agreed to negotiate three out of four demands presented by Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq to lure Imran Khan back to the negotiating table ahead of the Azadi March, insiders told The Express Tribune.
In reaction, PTI has expanded its charter of demands and decided to push the government for fresh elections under a new independent Election Commission of Pakistan.
A two-member delegation of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) met Sirajul Haq in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa House and informed about the progress on the opposition parties’ four-point agenda, which includes an audit of 10 constituencies through a presidential ordinance, withdrawal of Article 245, release of all political workers and unblocking of road blockages.
Haq also conveyed a message to the prime minister that more concrete steps are needed to avoid any untoward situation on August 14.
When approached, the JI chief said he saw the government’s ‘will and desire’ to address this serious issue. He said that he will convey government’s response to Imran Khan most probably today (Sunday). “These are political differences and they can be resolved through political means only.” Haq called on the government and the PTI to defuse the situation, saying that the people of Pakistan were suffering from the prevailing crisis.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2014.