Did not ask Army for mediation: PM
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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