RAWALPINDI: Pakistan military said that army chief General Raheel Sharif stepped in to diffuse the political crisis on government’s request.
In a press statement, army said that “COAS was asked by the Govt to play facilitative role for resolution of current impasse, in yesterday's meeting, at #PM House.” Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the National Assembly floor said the government had not requested nor had the army asked to act as a mediator in helping resolve the political crisis.
The prime minister said in his presence Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had received a telephone call regarding Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri wanting to meet Army chief General Raheel Sharif.
Prime Minister Sharif informed parliamentarians that he said if Khan and Qadri had requested a meeting the army chief should meet them. Prior More details
ISLAMABAD: Talks between government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PT) suffered another failure on Friday with two sides refusing to back down from their stated positions.
Speaking to journalists, senior PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that deadlock persisted between two sides due to mistrust.
“We came with a constructive approach. We gave fresh suggestions, but government doesn’t offer any solution,” he said.
He stated that PTI also demanded explanation from government regarding position it took in the National Assembly. “Government took a different position what it adopted yesterday,” he said.
“Unless government explains its position, this meeting will remain futile,” he added. More details
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday said that the clarification issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) endorsed government’s point of view.
“The ISPR statement was sent to me before its issuance, I get it approved from the prime minister and then it was released," Nisar said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.
Nisar said the protesting leaders do not want formation of Supreme Court commission for vote rigging probe. The sit-inners said that they have full confidence on the military after which the government decided to involve the army to play its role as a “facilitator,” he said.
Nisar said the ISPR used the word ‘facilitative’ which is in the circle of the constitution. He said the military’s statement reflects the stance of the government. “We used the word facilitator which is constitutional, and not guarantor More details
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) head Altaf Hussain called for the formation of a national government to end the political crisis engulfing the country.
In a press statement, Hussain said that army should intervene to improve the prevailing tense situation in Pakistan.
He said that God forbid, Pakistan could face any risk just to save democracy and constitution. More details
ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rashid said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could be dismissed under Article 62, 63 of the Constitution.
His remarks came minutes after ISPR confirmed that army chief was asked by government to play a facilitative role for the resolution of current impasse in yesterday’s meeting at PM House.
Speaking to a private TV channel, Rashid said that there was no need for Prime Minister Sharif to give his statement on the floor of house. The prime minister was pushed to this state by opposition leader Khursheed Shah, he opined.
“Nawaz Sharif has failed to recognise the difference between his enemy and friend. There was nothing wrong in asking army to end the political impasse,” he stated. The situation, he noted, got complicated after ISPR’s statement. More details
Shangai: Former President and Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari has said that dialogue, dialogue and only dialogue is the best way to settle political standoff.
Talking to different gatherings in China on Friday, he said that PPP believes in talks and did not go to extreme in politics.
“It is my wish to settle political crises through peaceful means,” he stated.
He added that people sitting in protest have accepted the results of general elections despite of rigging.
Talking about Pak-India relation, he said: "We want good relations with India and sincere efforts should be carried out to settle all issues with New Delhi."
Talking about Afghanistan, he said that NATO troops are withdrawing from Kabul whereas Pakistan should support its neighbour. More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan denied Friday that his party contacted the army, saying Federal Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan had revealed that it was in fact the prime minister who urged the army chief to mediate for resolving the prevailing political impasse.
“You can confirm it from a few journalists to whom Chaudhry Nisar issued this statement,” Khan said while talking to media from atop his container. “General Raheel Sharif knew that I had received a call from his office after which I met him,” the PTI chief said.
The PTI chief said that during his meeting with the army chief, General Raheel told him that he will guarantee a transparent probe into vote fraud.
“I told General Raheel that I don’t trust Nawaz Sharif and his resignation is essential so that vote rigging allegations could be investigated in a transparent manner,” Khan said.
“General Raheel told me that Nawaz Sharif is not willing to resign,” he said.
Khan said that he told him More details
ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah has said that all political parties will stand steadfast to ensure supremacy of the constitution, the parliament and to strengthen democracy.
Speaking in the National Assembly, he said it is unfortunate that a bad impression was created about the position of the government on the issue, while it is a matter of satisfaction that the interior minister has removed this impression.
Khurshid Shah said the government should allow these undemocratic protesters to storm the parliament and destroy the state institution, so that they could be exposed before the nation of 200 million people with their ulterior motives.
Mahmood Khan Achakzai said that the fight to defend democracy has entered the decisive stage and we will continue struggle in this regard. He suggested that the joint session of the parliament should be summoned to address t More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has categorically stated that he can sacrifice his governments ten times, but will never compromise on the supremacy of the parliament, the constitution and the democracy.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Friday, he assured the House that government will honor each word of the resolution passed by this House regarding holding of negotiations with protesters. He said he has taken oath to protect the constitution and the parliament and will never deviate from this oath.
Nawaz Sharif has said he has taken oath to protect supremacy of the constitution and he will never compromise on it as protection democracy is his ideology. He against said that he can sacrifice his government, but could not sacrifice on the ideology of the constitution and strengthening of the democracy.
He said all political forces including PML-N and PPP have rendered matchless sacrifice More details
PESHAWAR: Vice Chancellor of Islamia College University Prof Ajmal has been recovered after after four years of abduction.
Pakistan Army has succeeded in releasing Vice Chancellor Islamia College University Peshawar Professor Ajmal Khan from Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency.
He was kidnapped by terrorists from the University premises in September 2010.
He has been shifted to Peshawar through army helicopter. More details