On army chief's advice, govt to pursue talks with PTI, PAT again

Published: August 28, 2014
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The army chief asked the stake holders to resolve the crisis. PHOTO: ONLINE

The army chief asked the stake holders to resolve the crisis. PHOTO: ONLINE

The government on Thursday approached both Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) after Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to give talks one more chance.

Prime minister and army chief met for the second time in three days against the backdrop of government’s lingering deadlock with PTI and PAT.

Insiders told The Express Tribune that Nawaz briefed the army chief about talks with Qadri and Imran.

According to sources, the premier told General Raheel that government had agreed to accept first two demands of PAT in return for Qadri calling off the sit-in outside the Parliament.

But an agreement could not be reached after Qadri refused to accept the government’s condition, sources said.

Sources further said the army chief advised the prime minister to give talks one more chance and after which the government decided to approach both PTI and PAT.

A senior government official claimed that the army chief conveyed a clear message to both Qadri and Imran to resolve the impasse through dialogue.

“It was agreed to take necessary measures for resumption of stalled process of negotiations for an expeditious resolution in the best national interest,” the spokesperson for the PM House added.

The crucial meeting was held hours after talks between government and Qadri broke down on Wednesday evening over the registration of First Information Report (FIR) of Model Town incident.

Following the meeting between the COAS and premier, the government agreed to accept Qadri’s demand of FIR.

The official while requesting anonymity also said the next 24 hours would be very crucial.

He also insisted that the army chief extended his support to the government in the face off of brewing political tensions.

However, army officials could not be reached for their reaction on the meeting between General Raheel and Nawaz Sharif.

Later, both PAT and PTI accepted army chief’s role as mediator and guarantor to end the crisis.

 

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Ahmad
    Aug 28, 2014 - 9:58PM

    So at the end of the day Big Brother has to bail this “Democracy” out, Long Live Pak Army!

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  • Aug 28, 2014 - 10:00PM

    Asking Army to resolve ‘political’ crisis. Shame on you PML-N!

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  • shahid
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:06PM

    It is a fight to restore the dignity of a common man and put pakistan under checks and balances versus a group of continued exploiters who are looting the nation unchecked under the guise of so called democracy/Lootocracy.The country is at a very crucial juncture which will determine the fate of the country.The army has to decide if the want to side with the nation or a group of exploters who want to loot country’s resources unchecked.

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  • samina
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:07PM

    Clear indication of utter in-competency of political leadership and the so-called visionary leader NS. When the political leader completely fail to resolve the issue the why should anyone blame army for intervention? After all someone has to come forward to de-escalate tension.Recommend

  • WASEEM
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:07PM

    I request Chief Sahib to please arrest both anarchists who are busy in Dharna at the cost of economy of Pakistan.
    Dollar has risen from 98 to 103 during this so-called long march.
    Stock exchange is also badly affected.
    Foreign investment is badly affected.
    Home remittances is badly affected.
    Dharna people are observing Civil Disobedience.
    Entire nation is sitting before television.
    We want to get rid of these anarchists.

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  • Adil Malik
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:09PM

    Raheel Sahib, you are also Pakistani. You should respect the democracy and mandate of public. I hope you will do so. Mandate given by public to PML-N should be respected.

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  • Nazia
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:17PM

    Hopefully, no martial law. COAS should protect the democracy. He should play his positive role to end this illegitimate and unconstitutional dharna.

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  • Dr Majid
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:21PM

    political rulers proved their incompetence to resolve the crisis in a mature way. Now the PM will be lame duck even if he survives and army will call the shots in key policy areas. Mush is definitely going abroad and Imran khan and Qadri emerged as counterweight to PML and other status quo parties and are likely to be harbinger for electoral reforms in Pakistan.

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  • Syed Ahmad
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:25PM

    What a joke Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Qadri have made Pakistan! Might as well make Pakistan secular..only I wish.

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  • Jadugar
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:25PM

    2nd meeting with the Army Chief!!! Situation must be getting serious. This Chief seems to an No nonsense kind of a guy. Nisar saying the the Army chief was TOLD, I don’t think so, It must be the other way around. The Chief told him so.

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  • Dilawar
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:29PM

    Allah bless Pakistan Army. Army Chief should teach a lesson to these Dharna leaders who are playing with the economy of Pakistan.

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  • Aug 28, 2014 - 10:31PM

    Pakistan continues to be ruled by the corrupt for 60 years who do not want allow “Equal Justice for ALL” to ever come into Pakistan. They keep the masses illiterate even though the constitution call for “Education for ALL” which includes millions of illiterate children and adults in rural areas and villages. The leaderships have always made false promises to get or buy the votes and then quickly change when they get voted in, Exactly same has taken place in the NS 15 months. No electricity, no education, huge new money borrowing putting country into deeper debt than before. Presently DEMOCRACY is just a farce to fool the 180 million all the time. Change has to come. Pakistan is one of the most resource rich countries of the world yet acts like beggars.

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  • Democracy 123
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:41PM

    Why is Prime Minister meeting with Army? He is an elected PM under the constitution. It is fine if PM meets in personal capacity to discuss the situation on individual level with Army. But before he does he should inform the Army Chieff to be in civilian clothes for a meeting. And if Army Chief agrees to talk to instigators then he should hold talks with them in civilian clothes. PM must live and die by the constitution of the country and Army has no role to play but what it is under the constitution. The person may be the Army Chief but Supreme Commander is the President of the country and Army is bound to obey the President’s orders. PM must rely on his political mandate and not on those who are legally bound to take orders. These men in uniform have done enough damage to the country since 1947 and it is PM’s duty to keep them in proper limits. IK and TQ must keep their protests in check and must fully abide by the constitution. IK is now crying foul and being impatient in getting PM slot. They are giving a simple example that country’s law is undependable and unreliable and no one should obey it. IK must play the game within rules. He has done enough in 2013 elections to work hard and enhance his poitical stature but sad he is trying to be a Messiah of this nation in civilian clothes like the God sent Messiahs such as Ayub, Zia and Musharraf in uniform. He does not have the street power to hold the country hostage under his false claims. He should have fought rigging in election tribunals all the way to Supreme Court election tribunals and must prove his alleged rigging there if he claims he has evidence. And that is the democratic and constituional way and this is how masses become politically and constitutionally educated. Remember Al Gore lost U.S Presidential elections by a mere 1,500 votes but when U.S Supreme Court stopped recounted he conceded the elections in a graceful manner. Further Al Gore had the support of over 50 million people in U.S he did not cry foul in the center of Washington D.C to destabilize democratic traditions and to run a smear campaign against judiciary. Please do not misguide people and respect the mandate and work hard in your constitutencies.

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  • Jadugar
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:50PM

    @ Adil Malik, If the word Democracy is used as a coverup for corruption, illegal power grabbing, Land grabbing and killing people etc. Pakistani or No Pakistani, The guilty should be removed and punished

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:52PM

    Gen Raheel Shareef as President and Nawaz Shareef as Prime Minister may be answer to end the dharnas. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / Mobile 00965-66229897 / [email protected]

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  • Shujaat
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:52PM

    How convenient…
    And now our beloved army will bear the “burden” to step in and resolve this crises…

    This whole fiasco is the creation of the very same military establishment..

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  • salman
    Aug 28, 2014 - 10:59PM

    Even if nawaz survives, in reality he will go from being PM nawaz to mayor of isb nawaz.

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  • Aug 28, 2014 - 11:03PM

    Are the co Regents Nawaz and Shahbaz able to handle a crises?…a resounding no!
    They had to go to the Head Master, and complain and whine, about being bullied and
    harassed. Were told,..’if you want to play in the sandlot, you abide by the sandlot rules..’

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  • Mubashir Munir
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:08PM

    I shall request the army chief to completely side with PM and not with dharna people as it has
    effected our image in worlds eyes and we are disgraced.
    Dharna people have not only damaged Pakistan economically but also told people of world
    that no body is there to take care of Pakistan and bureaucrats and
    government officials have no regard of law and they side with miscreants.
    If an ordinary citizen does a small crime he is put to jail while all the dacoits are free and are looting people while dharna people are openly violating state laws and no body arrests them while common people are suffering,
    For Allahs sake have mercy on Pakistan and defuse dharnas and allow democratic government to work.India and Afghanistan are ready to wage war but we are laughing at our brothers
    and causing big damage to Pakistan

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  • socko
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:11PM

    @Jadugar Yes, you are right. “The guilty should be removed and punished”… but that too has to happen either thorugh judiciary or by democratic means.. I mean by voting them out… But sorry, you wont get my point.. if you punish them by any other means, you are inviting a dictator upon yourself… only thing is, you pray that the dictator is not crooked. then you will come on roads to get democracy back in Pakistan… you people keep seeing the grass on the other side more greener… i think you would continue to cycle through dictatorship, democracy, dictatorship, democracy, …

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  • Salman
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:27PM

    So a government overwhelmingly elected by a nation of 200 million people will have to share power with the army because a few hundred or thousand protestors led by their leaders are not happy for various reasons.

    This is a most depressing day for democracy in Pakistan and indeed for the country in general where any political protest or dispute is resolved by the army intervening and the elected government losing its authority. There is not much hope for this country.

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  • Mirza
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:34PM

    It is the test for IK and Qadri and their supporters. Let us see how they end their agitation without taking care of all the problems of poor masses and getting rid of PM and corrupt system. Or it would be the rigged game as usual like the past history proves. It used to be NS against the elected govt of PPP and then PPP against NS without any changes in the plight of common man except military dictators and officials taking over.
    Now PPP is unwilling to be used so there are other actors who would take away the powers of elected govt and make army strong not solve problems of poor masses who would again lose and forgotten. How many times this game is going to be played and people would be fooled for the fifthtime. Fooled me once shame on you fooled me twice shame on me. How about being fooled again and again by the same actors on the same allegations against elected govts? Gen Ayub, Gen Zia’s families can be billionaires and Mush can go without trial but only elected leaders are punished. The generals in their long reigns have kept the tribal, feudal and old system of corruption intact and exploited it for their personal gains and powers. Generals have always kept the losers and unelectable actors who always join them to rule the masses. This third world country has the most powerful and richest generals in the world. When all said and done what has these people on the streets achieved for the poor?

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  • sterry
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:42PM

    @Jadugar: How can anyone in Pakistan cry about corruption when everyone has a role in it. For that matter, the same is true in all Muslim countries. Pakistan was making baby steps towards restoring a functioning democratic system that would carry the country forward but clearly certain elements do not want democracy to succeed. All over the world democracy is seen as an imperfect system but it is still the best. Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri want to rule through protests but the future is only in following the democratic system and strengthening institutions. I am glad the PM did not yield an inch to these anarchists because it would only encourage more lawless behavior and late night music parties in the capital. Stop dharna nonsense and work for the country everyone!

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  • Parvez
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:44PM

    The army needs to tread very carefully here …… in politics perception trumps reality.

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  • Haq
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:46PM

    @WASEEM
    Haha! I pity your lack of knowledge. Get rid of these “anarchists” and the dollar will rise from 103 to 150. Just like it rose from 60 to 98.

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  • Jibran Mirza
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:49PM

    *advice

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  • Faraz
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:54PM

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1128364/nawaz-close-to-reaching-deal-with-army-wsj . Shame on you Imran Khan. My all dear PTI fellows please read the above mentioned report of Wall Street journal. It was a planned show of IK and Qadri and the objective is to weaken the Nawaz Sharif. All are looser the winner is Army. Where is Azadi and where is Inqilab. All political leadership tried their level best to convince IK but the objective of this guy is to topple the govt. Inshallah every one would see that 2013 elections were fair.

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  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:56PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi met ex Dictator Musharraf in Karachi and now PTI and Qadri(Pasha brigade) will be meeting COAS. Both Imran and Qadri have non political and immature attitude so they will only listen to their handlers..Recommend

  • Faraz
    Aug 29, 2014 - 12:00AM

    @samina:
    Your visionary leader would accept all the offers which were given by Pmln. They offered DG FIA chairman Nadra appointments, Tors of judicial commission etc. even they were ready to give him the deputy PM just to make sure that the rigging investigation may be held in fair manner. IK want to topple the govt and as a last chance Pmln asked Raheel Sharif to act as a mediator. All political parties were on same page except PTI. IK once again affected the image of Pakistan politician. Full marks to NS who carefully handled the crises by making sure that no blood shed or violence take place.

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  • Faraz
    Aug 29, 2014 - 12:04AM

    @Dr Majid:
    No way Qadri and IK just played the role to weaken the NS. Full marks to Pakistan political parties who tried their level best to convince IK. But he didn’t agree. Full marks to NS who make sure that no violance or killing activity take place.

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  • Shabbir K
    Aug 29, 2014 - 12:30AM

    Well stated Mr. Lodhie,

    In the name of democracy it has always been Lootocracy,civilian dictatorship,and the people of Pakistan have been made fool of.we the people should wake up and stand for ourselves otherwise die like animals.

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  • cmann
    Aug 29, 2014 - 12:37AM

    Good decision by the Government to get the army involved.Better not to bungle like they did in Lahore.The paper tigers IK and Qadri will bow down before the army chief,and things will be better,though not back to square one.PMLN has learned the lesson,even though hard way.IK and Qadri are such that their egos wont let them learn from experience,and will keep on whining.Qadri will go back to Canada after his exciting vacation in Pakistan.IK will find another excuse to hold Dharana-IK/PTI love dharnas. Keeps them in the news.

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 29, 2014 - 1:51AM

    Done is done cannot be undone. PM Nawaz had been too stubborn and did not listen to Imran and or Qadri and tried his best through his blue-eyed men to break off their dharnas but none of the two leaders budged even an inch from their instance and therefore PM Nawaz in order to save his skin had to seek the help of army chief to mediate and get it sorted out. Mian sahib, if nit annoying, why did you ignore Imran when he asked for investigating poll results if just 4 constituencies? Will you personify who advised you alike? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / Mobile 00965-66229897 / [email protected]

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  • Hit it right
    Aug 29, 2014 - 2:17AM

    @Imran Qadri:
    Spot on. Tell us more, please.

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  • Sexton Blakett
    Aug 29, 2014 - 2:39AM

    I am afraid Pakistan is in trouble when the PM asks the military chief for advice. Mr Prime Minister, it does not give me any pleasure to explain that the buck stops with you, and that is why you were given the top job. If you cannot handle the pressure you will have to get out, and give the job to someone who can.

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  • Raj - USA
    Aug 29, 2014 - 3:02AM

    In a recent TV discussion, Musharraf’s lawyer and Senior APML member, Ahmer Raza Kassuri made some important disclosures. He said that he is giving a free advise to Nawaz Sharif to end the PTI and PAT agitations/demonstrations. He said all that Nawaz Sharif has to do is to lift the phone, call Musharraf and tell him that he has made a grave mistake and request Musharraf to forgive him for anything and everything Nawaz Sharif has done to him. He said if Nawaz Sharif does so, PTI and PAT demonstrations will end in five minutes and Nawaz Sharif can complete his full term as Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Army cannot tolerate Musharraf punished for treason. Baluch want Musharraf hanged and will not forgive if Musharraf is left free. Nawaz Sharif is not willing to forget the past. Imran Khan has joined Qadri to take advantage of the situation and realize his dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan. PTI was itself popped up by Gen. Pasha. It would be a party like Sheikh Rasheed’s AML had it not been for Pasha engineering defections from other parties to join PTI. When Musharraf was in power, he brought in Shaukat Aziz a foreign citizen as Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Shaukat Aziz left Pakistan, never to come back, as soon as his term as Prime Minister ended. At one time, leaders of Pakistan’s three largest political parties were in exile. Nawaz Sharif himself was on asylum. The army itself was sheltering OBL and taliban terrorists. So much for the loyalty and love of their country by everyone, including the Army and Imran Khan.

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  • Game
    Aug 29, 2014 - 3:31AM

    So, the whole game was to twist the arm of NS so that the (e)stablishment could dictate policy on India, Afghanistan, USA, and to let Musharraf free.

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  • Asim
    Aug 29, 2014 - 4:32AM

    @Dilawar:
    Actually it is the ring master stepping in to control the animals he let loose, all the while pretending to be the umpire.

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  • Uday
    Aug 29, 2014 - 6:58AM

    That is the Game plan. PTI and Diesel are army agents. Another coup by the army to weaken democracy in Pakistan. All these probably because Nawaz took peace initiatives with India to improve Pakistan and Army wants the crisis to remain so that they can flourish at the expense of the nation. On one side they let loose their dogs and on another front they initiated indiscriminate firing at the Indian boarder. Pak army will never allow Pakistan to grow.

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  • Ali
    Aug 29, 2014 - 9:29AM

    i think, PTI and PAT should be ashame. crying like kids, wasting time of public (both in protest and islamabds). more specific making fun of pakistan in front of whole world.

    i think these both kids are inspired by ” Nayak” ek din ka Chief Minister. lol
    @Shahid:

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  • javed
    Aug 29, 2014 - 9:36AM

    Indians on this website who are commenting cannot stand the notion that the people of pakistan love the army and will stand by it. People of pakistan know better than to trust indian agents.

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  • goldconsumer
    Aug 29, 2014 - 11:48AM

    @cmann:
    Sir gee. The advice came, “after” the COAS met with these paper tigers..

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  • common man
    Aug 29, 2014 - 12:51PM

    It was failure of Govt. to handle things, or respond timely, If PTI demand was taken serious to recount votes 14 months ago and similarly, if an FIR of the Model Town incident had been registered immediately, there would have been no sit-ins by PAT.

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