No talks without PM's res­ig­na­tion: JUI-F chief to govt ne­go­tia­tors

Khat­tak says can’t ac­cept op­po­si­tion’s ‘un­just’ de­mands,

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ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Is­lamFazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman on Thurs­day said re­it­er­ated the de­mand of the prime minister’s res­ig­na­tion, say­ing the gov­ern­ment shouldn’t bother with di­a­logue if the PM’s res­ig­na­tion was off the ta­ble.

The talks be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion are in progress for a week now and but there have been no tan­gi­ble re­sults, as both sides have stuck to their de­mands.

Ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants of the Azadi March, the JUI-F chief said the prime minister has no op­tion now as he has hit a dead end.

“You are at a dead end now and now you must de­cide whether you want to con­tinue to re­main there or come out and give back the peo­ple their right,” said the JUI-F chief.

He also brought up the Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) for­eign fund case dur­ing his ad­dress. He said the PTI was us­ing “de­lay­ing tac­tics” in the for­eign fund­ing case pend­ing with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan.

“Why is your for­eign fund­ing case still pend­ing in the ECP for the past 5 years? Your own se­nior lead­er­ship has gone to the com­mis­sion and has said fund­ing came from In­dia, Europe, and many other places. You sub­mit­ted 60 pe­ti­tions in the court to de­lay the case. Ev­ery pe­ti­tion by the gov­ern­ment has been re­jected. Why has the elec­tion com­mis­sion not been able to de­cide the mat­ter?” he ques­tioned.

Pash­tunkhwa Milli Awami Party chair­man Mehmood Khan Achakzai while ad­dress­ing the anti-gov­ern­ment protest par­tic­i­pants vowed that any “at­tack on the Con­sti­tu­tion” will not be al­lowed.

“What binds us to­gether is the Con­si­tu­tion and when you tam­per with it, you at­tack the very foun­da­tions of Pak­istan. We will not al­low such an at­tack by any gen­eral, colonel, judge, mul­lah or pir.”

Ear­lier, De­fence Minister Pervez Khat­tak said on Thurs­day that they could not ac­cept “un­just” de­mands of op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Khat­tak, who heads the gov­ern­ment’s ne­go­ti­a­tions team, said so while speak­ing to the me­dia af­ter meet­ing the op­po­si­tion’s Rah­bar Com­mit­tee.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties seek Prime Minister Im­ran Khan’s res­ig­na­tion and a snap elec­tion in the coun­try among other de­mands. How­ever, the JUI-F alone has been stag­ing a protest sit-in in Islamabad.

Though the JUI-F has moral sup­port of other op­po­si­tion par­ties, but two ma­jor par­ties — the Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz and Pak­istan Peo­ples Party — have so far main­tained a safe dis­tance from the Islamabad sit-in.

Khat­tak said the dead­lock be­tween the two sides was on de­mands for the prime minister’s res­ig­na­tion and fresh polls.

“We told them to first prove elec­tion rig­ging as per the pro­ce­dure men­tioned in the con­sti­tu­tion,” the minister said. “There is no hur­dle in the way of an in-house change.”

He said the state in­sti­tu­tions had ren­dered many sac­ri­fices and the coun­try could not af­ford to have any un­rest at present.

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