Day 11: Pak politics still deadlocked, PM Sharif says protests unjustified

Government representative Ahsan Iqbal said the demand for resignation of the Prime Minister was not acceptable.

By: Press Trust of India | Islamabad | Updated: August 25, 2014 1:42 am
Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer turned-politician Imran Khan rally in Karachi. Thousands of Khan's supporters are besieging parliament in the capital to pressure Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over alleged election fraud. Source:  AP photo Supporters of Imran Khan rally in Karachi on Saturday. (Source: AP photo)

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said there was no justification for the protests as he has accepted all constitutional demands of protesters after opposition leader Imran Khan asked him to quit for 30 days to allow a probe into alleged rigging in the 2013 polls.

“Instead of wasting their energies in protests, the demonstrators should play their role for the progress and development of the country,” Sharif said in his first public comments after Imran Khan had sought his resignation.

There is no justification for continuing the protest after the government acceded to all the constitutional demands of the participants of the sit-ins, he said during a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Member of National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz.

In his latest demand after the government rejected the proposal outright, to end the crippling political deadlock, Khan asked Sharif to quit for 30 days to allow an independent probe into alleged rigging in last year’s polls, hours

“We accept nothing less than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Khan told his supporters as they continued the siege of the parliament.

With government rejecting the protesters’ demand that Sharif step down, the political deadlock entered the 11th day Sunday with no breakthrough yet.
The third round of talks between government negotiators and Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) last night failed to break the logjam.

The PTI on Saturday proposed that the prime minister resign for a period of 30 days during which a judicial commission works ‘independently’ to determine if the May, 2013 elections were transparent. This demand though was rejected by the government.

 

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First Published on: August 24, 2014 2:52 pm
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    H1N1
    Aug 26, 2014 at 2:02 am
    Nawaz ji...take a hockey stick and stick it up Imrans rear end.......They are trying to unseat you and Pak army is trying to do the same in the name of border confrontation with India. Why so many ceasefire violations by Rangers???? You maybe willing to work with India...but the others are not. You know what they say about Pak??? Military controls Pak and civilian govt is the begging branch of Pak army who holds out its hand for US Dollars
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      Imran Khan
      Aug 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm
      Seems like Kids having fun with Imran, who have noting else to do. Serious mature and articulated people do not support his mis adventure on the streets
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        sini RAO
        Aug 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm
        It appears some one has to teach the so called THIRD LEVEL opposition members in a cl what is CONSUTION and how it works no matter what your FAITH AND BELIEFS are????? So far no one is talking which party that came NO 2 in the elections? Is 3 and 2 are the same?
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          Jugal Kishore Sharma
          Aug 25, 2014 at 2:03 am
          Imran Khan having a great personality, ultimate erel potential and zeal upto the at-least PM post. Politics have several hidden particles and if you know them, may you find yourself as leader. But these demonstration and deadlock may time being gathering people but never turn as a vote. Keep patience, keep issue alive and collect the m support from all over.
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