LAHORE: With just hours before the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) was supposed to march out of Model Town as part of its revolution march, the party's chief Dr Tahirul Qadri told Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik early on Thursday morning that democracy will not be derailed and that there was still room for talks with the government, Express News reported.
Talking to media persons outside the Minhajul Quran secretariat in Lahore, Malik said that he had held talks with Qadri in a congenial atmosphere.
The PPP leader said that the PAT chief had assured him that the revolution march, scheduled to set out of Lahore in unison with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Azadi March on Thursday morning, was not aimed at derailing the democratic process in the country.
Recalling Qadri's sit-in protest in Islamabad in early 2013, Malik said that under PPP’s tenure the government had facilitated Qadri and amicably reached an agreement. The former interior minister said that Qadri told him it would be better if something similar happens this time round as well, hinting at some room for talks.
"I appeal to Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, please send somebody [delegation] to him, I see some room [for negotiation]."
Saying that it is the democratic right of Qadri to protest, the PPP leader urged the government to allow PAT to proceed with its march just like Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf (PTI) had been allowed.
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