Did not ask Army for me­di­a­tion: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif Fri­day cat­e­gor­i­cally stated that the govern­ment had not asked army to play the role of a me­di­a­tor to end the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal im­passe and said it would never com­pro­mise on its demo­cratic ide­ol­ogy.

Ad­dress­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly, the Prime Min­is­ter dis­missed the im­pres­sion that last night's meet­ings of Army Chief Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif with Tehreek-e-In­saf chief Imran Khan and Pak­istan Awami Tehreek leader Dr Tahirul Qadri were held on the govern­ment's de­sire.

"Nei­ther the army re­quested to me­di­ate nor we asked them for it," the Prime Min­is­ter said.

He en­dorsed the state­ment of In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar that he (Nisar) had re­ceived a phone call from the Pak­istan Army that Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri had de­sired to meet Army Chief and the per­mis­sion of the Prime Min­is­ter was sought.

Sharif said he was present when the In­te­rior Minster re­ceived the call for a re­quest of a meet­ing and "I said if they want to meet, he [the COAS] may do so."

He re­called his yes­ter­day's meet­ing with Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif and said even this

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