Govt to form separate committees to negotiate with Imran, Qadri

Nisar says every constitutional demand of PTI, PAT chiefs will be heard; reveals Rs1b spent on security of marches


Web Desk August 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the government is willing to listen to each and every constitutional demand of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Express News reported.

“As a goodwill gesture, we have decided to constitute two separate committees to negotiate with PTI and PAT,” said Nisar while addressing a press conference late Sunday night. "We are ready to hear all their constitutional demands," he added.

Earlier in the day, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri and PTI chief Imran Khan reiterated their demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in separate addresses to their supporters, with the latter announcing the launch of a civil disobedience movement.

The interior minister said that the committees would be announced on Monday, and would be comprised of leaders of different political parties.

Nisar claimed that despite provocations by the PTI and PAT, the government exercised restraint and facilitated the long marchers. “We allowed them to stage their sit-in where they wanted to and provided security," he said.

The minister further claimed that one billion rupees had been spent on the security of the supporters so far.

He alleged that the long marches were diverting the nation’s focus from the real issue, which is the ongoing military operation in the country.

The interior minister went on to express his amazement at PTI chief Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience, saying, "Civil disobedience is not against the government, it is against the State."

Addressing the PTI chief, Nisar said, “Today, you are advocating for civil disobedience, what if tomorrow your party comes into power and your opponents decide to launch a civil disobedience campaign against you.”

“I request Imran Khan not to make the nation suffer in misery," said Nisar.

COMMENTS (11)

Mehreen | 6 years ago | Reply

@khan oh yes laptops and flyovers are definitely more important than basic necessities like food, clean water and 'quality' healthcare. Such a stupid argument!

IK's leaders may be corrupt too, but there is a chance they aren't! I would like to use this wild card.

@umair just keep following PTI and keep ur spirits up! at least your conscience will be clean that you supported the right way and didn't just stood there watching these thieves stealing public money!

umair | 6 years ago | Reply @ meharen i was a pti supporte till today but he has dissapointed me today.....social disobdiance is total un acceptable.and if he wanted caos he should hai done it on the 1st din isb...he comes daily to the stagr and say i ll sleep wid u ill stay here garmi mein to chala jata hai thand hoti hai to aa jata hai....he is not a man of his word any more..he is same as all politations ....in heart broken today
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