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 1:42:16 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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