Successful talks: Govt and PAT likely to strike a deal

Published: October 1, 2014
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 Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and opposition leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), addresses supporters in Islamabad September 3, 2014. PHOTO:  Reuters

Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and opposition leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), addresses supporters in Islamabad September 3, 2014. PHOTO: Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Negotiations between the government and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are likely to bear fruit in a day or two as both parties are continuously engaged with each other to reach a final consensus draft, sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

The government committee, led by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, held important round of talks with the PAT delegation, led by Raheeq Abbasi on Tuesday night in Islamabad during which they came close to a consensus, according to sources.

Following an agreement the PAT might wind up its sit-in in Islamabad before Eidul Azha, they added. According to details shared by sources, PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s two key demands have been accepted.

Now Punjab government will form a Joint Investigation Team on Model Town incident with consensus of the PAT and all cases registered against Dr Qadri or his followers will be quashed. Apart from this, around 600 of the PAT’s workers will also be released.

A top official in PML-N said the party believed that someone had assured Dr Qadri that Model Town incident’s FIR – in which 21 people including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were nominated – would lead to the punishment of all allegedly involved in the crackdown in which 14 PAT worker died.

Some sources in the PAT said Dr Qadri was going to hire some legal experts from UK to file a case on the ground of Model Town FIR.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid confirmed the development. “I am 100% sure that negotiation will be successful in one or two days,” he said.

Meanwhile, addressing his supporters, the PAT chief said he would move across the country and expand his movement in each town and city particularly in Punjab.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2014.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Khalid
    Oct 1, 2014 - 11:46AM

    Nothing will happen, IF Qadri leaves he will be deceived in the same way last time Zardari did with him. so better to sit in and complete his demands in to real actions..

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  • Mirza
    Oct 1, 2014 - 11:46AM

    Finally the govt is giving a way out to Qadri. His supporters are tired and want to go home for Eid. This is a good omen for people of Islamabad and Pakistan. One down and one to go now. One should ask these leaders what have they achieved by hurting so many daily wage worker and the govt? Is poverty, ignorance eliminated or any promises made in this regard or healthcare and hunger for the poor people? Or they were only talking about the seats? These leaders would go back to their palaces and the naive people would suffer for a long time.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 1, 2014 - 11:51AM

    So the sacrifices of the dead people would be wasted? What have the people got out of this deal? Were the participants better off before the sit-in or after this agreement? What a waste of time and resources.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Oct 1, 2014 - 12:16PM

    Nation is the loser.

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  • good
    Oct 1, 2014 - 12:35PM

    good news; justice should be done!

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  • Aiman
    Oct 1, 2014 - 12:49PM

    Dr Qadri is missing Canada and wants to go home.

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  • jan
    Oct 1, 2014 - 1:11PM

    Ok, set in will finish. but who is responsible for billions of Rupees loses which Pakistan faces in these two months.IK,TUQ, NS or establishment ?

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  • Shazia Bangash
    Oct 1, 2014 - 1:27PM

    No confirmation from PAT yet, this may be wishful thinking on the governments part. I think PAT is unlikely to leave without the resignation of the CM Punjab, at least, as that was already on the table before August 30th.

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  • freed
    Oct 1, 2014 - 1:42PM

    there are no monetary losses only loans from IMF and chine, justice must be served for those had died. There must be a unbiased inspection. it is impossible for victim to get FIR against the powerful and get impartial investigation. hopefully there will be some justice and this will start a good precedent for change. No society can prosper with law of jungle, all prosperous societies are based on law and order, same for everyone.

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  • Ranjha
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:00PM

    @Mirza:

    You exhibit an amazing ability to twist all news items to give the impression as if your Naan League is in control. Only an accomplished darbari can boast such skills. Hats off to you from all other wanna be darbaris–you are a true role model!

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  • Muhammad Sarfraz Arshad
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Positive improvements. I feel PAT and PTI should call off both dharnas and let Chinese President visit to pak and sign agreement of US$ 32 Billion, this will directly benefit to pak not merely PMNS. Pak nation has been fed up of repeated statements from both leaders. I request both leaders to let this system work.

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  • A-No.1
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:19PM

    There is nothing in this world that does not have a price.

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  • Shakil Khan
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Any agreement on the basis of agreement will be flouted! PAT should only move if Disgraced CM Punjab resign from his job. without that Sharifs are con masters and will not listen to anything written or agreed with TUQ!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:43PM

    The damage done to economy, environment and respect of law by both anarchists is inexcusable. Imran proved to be a bigger cheat who leaves ground after bowling few overs while Fake Revolutionary Thug proved to be more stupid who stayed there. Both deserve no mercy. Let them rot there.

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  • oBSERVER
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:48PM

    This would mean death for Qadri politically and cult wise. He used all these poor people for personal glory and only safe way for him would be to go where he came from never to ever return because this amounts to betraying the people of Pakistan.

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  • vaqas
    Oct 1, 2014 - 3:00PM

    The two points agreed on are model town case and quashment of cases against qadri and group? Those issues were not even there before qadri came to pakistan. Thats the best he can do? What did he come here for then? Just to get a few dozen people killed?

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  • Feya
    Oct 1, 2014 - 3:39PM

    @Muhammad Sarfraz Arshad:
    What is wrong with you? Do you have selective comprehension?
    China was NOT going to make investments worth billions. They were providing a LOAN to the Pakistani people. A loan which was to be made with interest rates even higher than those on existing loans. A loan which would never trickle down to the people in need. A loan that would do nothing for Pakistani’s (well obviously other than for the regular select few)
    I, for one, am glad that this ‘loan’ didn’t see the light of the day. Thanks but no thanks.

    Also, re the other investments China was to make in power plants (the one’s you forgot to mention) would have barely benefitted us. (FYI, there was a covenant in the investment stating the coal to be used would HAVE to be imported from China)

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  • Viking Star
    Oct 1, 2014 - 3:40PM

    Qadri can never be like Imran Khan. Looks like he is being given a big lollipop by govt. Would someone please ask Qadri the following questions:

    1: Did Qadri initiate dharna solely because of model town incident?
    2: Is Qadri giving up all his demands now (Article 62/63), accountability of corrupt and blah blah????
    3: Has Qadri also given up demand of change and inqilab???

    I was never and I am NOT a supporter of Qadri, but the least thing he could do is to support Imran Khan to bring a change in our system.

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 1, 2014 - 5:26PM

    Which ‘C’ is applicable now when the government is agreeing to some demands of Qadri minus PM Nawaz resignation namely either (a) Commend or (b) Condemn? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com

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  • JRR
    Oct 1, 2014 - 6:18PM

    @ Muhammad Sarfraz Arshad… if you are fed up on repeated calls to fight against injustice, speak truth and do the right thing, then good luck to you.
    Have you listened to IK’s speeches lately?? I am not a die heart fan of IK but noone can argue that we need someone to wake us up as a nation.
    I hope that NS does not resign in the near future untill IK goes to all corners of the country and wakes us up. Irrespective of whether IK comes in power or not, we have to admit that he is doing a big favor to the nation by waking us up (and history will write it as well).

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  • Ricky
    Oct 1, 2014 - 7:44PM

    @Ranjha: Your comments and character assassination attempt on Mirza post. He seems too descent a person to reply your cackle here are my thoughts:
    Without answering any question or finding faults with your arguments and facts this man has stooped to personal attacks. Now it is obvious that after getting dozens of people killed and injured this foreign leader is going to walk away just like before and wait for another day to be used by establishment. The scorched earth culture unleashed by PTI and its supporters is going to come and bite them in the rear. We have seen this culture practiced by MQM but they are improving and PTI has overtaken them. Even if a man/woman is their grandparent’s age the PTI trolls would make every attempt to destroy them. This is a new culture in our old Punjab and the credit goes to those living in foreign countries without ever working in their lives. Their girls and boys are safe in foreign lands and they are free to attack on me personally and my family. One wonders how would these trolls behave if Zardai, Wali, Fazal or NS had out of wedlock kids roaming around in the streets of UK and USA?

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  • Grace
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:00AM

    @Khalid: It would be wrong for government to make a deal with someone like Tahirul Qadri who will be running back to Canada to collect welfare money anyway. He doesn’t pay tax in Pakistan and he doesn’t pay tax in Canada so in both places he does not contribute to society but still he thinks he can force unlawful change. He calls himself Marx and Lenin in one but I think Marx and Lenin were people of character.

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  • king
    Oct 2, 2014 - 9:21PM

    @jan….looks you planned your comment 40 days ago…..XD…pti is still standing firm…hold your comment for a bit longer

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 2, 2014 - 9:25PM

    Grace! You are either totally ignorant or a too innocent to remark that Qadri is going back to Canada but for your information he has announced to participate in elections. BTW, what deters you to personify yourself? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com

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  • salim
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:04AM

    GREAT LEADER !!

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  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:04AM

    @Mirza But why give Qadri a way out? He has been broken, his respect disappeared, he has been exposed as a False cult leader. He has been exposed of paying people to stay in dharna and Renting inquillabies and his demands will never be met. So why not just let them sit and eventually start fighting with each other?
     
    @Ranjha Actually PMLN is in much better control. They were against the wall but after the stupidity of attacking PTV, PMLN got upper hand and they are now just toying with both PTI and PAT. There are not many people left and PMLN has successfully brought down both of these lunatics to level of just another politician.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:05AM

    @Iqbal hadi Sure qadri may take part in 2018 elections but like always he will lose badly. His support is his cult that is a portion of braelvi followers.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:09AM

    @Ricky Couldn’t have agreed more and couldn’t have said it better. Reading your comments make me feel that a lot of us who are educated share same feelings that in his lust for power, Imran and Qadri have attacked our basic values of decency.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:11AM

    @JRR NS will NEVER EVER RESIGN. He will complete his tenure and next eletions will be in 2018.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:12AM

    @Shazia Bangash and CM Punjab WILL NEVER EVER Resign. He MUST NOT! This will be start of culture of holigans attacking Islamabad to make people resign.

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  • S.Nasir Mehdi
    Oct 11, 2014 - 4:21AM

    @Mirza: Qadri won to establish a new SECT of Islam where Namaz can be offered by isharas- (finger doing all the work). This man is infidel and Shaikh of Shiateen.All those followed him including Imran Khan should do Toba and say prayers again and give Kuffara.

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