No talks without PM's resignation: JUI-F chief to govt negotiators
Khattak says can’t accept opposition’s ‘unjust’ demands,
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.