Dialogue in progress: Until panel’s verdict, MPs won’t return to parliament: Imran

Negotiating teams from both sides are scheduled to meet again today

Our Correspondent December 30, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said on Monday that its lawmakers would not return to the assemblies till the judicial commission delivers its ruling over allegations of rigging in the 2013 election.

Sticking to his guns, PTI chief Imran Khan said: “Our [party’s] lawmakers will not withdraw their resignations till the judicial panel delivers its verdict on the poll results.”

The party supremo, who spearheaded the longest street demonstration in the heart of the capital, has demanded that the government set up a judicial commission to probe allegations of vote fraud that tainted last year’s election results.

Following the December 16 rampage by Taliban gunmen at the Army Public School in Peshawar that killed 150 people, Imran called off his party’s 126-day-long anti-government protest to lend support to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz administration in its fight against militants.

Though the government responded positively to Imran’s concession, deadlock persists on the three critical issues including the scope of the proposed judicial panel’s decision.

Despite the persistent stalemate, negotiating teams from both sides are scheduled to meet again today (Tuesday) to hammer out a solution and resolve the political crisis that has haunted the government for over four months.

Earlier, addressing a news conference the PTI chief urged the nation and overseas Pakistanis for their donations for Shaukat Khanum hospital in Peshawar. He said that the cancer hospital would be constructed at a cost of Rs1.5 billion and would soon start operations in the city.

The PTI leader cautioned that the project might suffer delays due to the shortage of funds.  Highlighting the financial constraints, Imran said that accounts of the hospital are audited by reputable organisations and details have been presented before the nation. Imran also appealed the military leadership for assistance for the medical project.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2014.


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