Govt ready to accept three demands with conditions

August 8, 2014

‘PTI could be given freehand to hold March’

ISLAMABAD: The government has reportedly expressed its willingness to accept three out of four demands made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.
According to sources, the government is agreed to conditionally allow PTI hold its Azadi March on August 14 in Islamabad, if Imran Khan refrained from demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resignation.
Imran Khan has made four demands: reopening of 10 constituencies for vote rigging investigation, withdrawal of army deployment in Islamabad under Article 245, electoral reforms and PM’s resignation.
The demands have been conveyed to the PM by Jamaat-e-Islami leadership. Sources said that the government is willing to accept first three demands, but with some conditions.
About Khan’s demand for reopening of 10 constituencies, sources said, the government has responded that it’s willing for ‘solid and viable’ negotiation. The government has refused to accept the demand of PM’s resignation, signaling that Khan could be given a freehand to hold his march only if he refrained from harping on his mantra.
Regarding the army deployment, the governments seeks consensus of all political parties for withdrawal of the decision.
For PTI’s demand of electoral reforms in the country, the government has responded that PTI should come up with more recommendations, sources said.