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PM consults PPP, MQM, ANP, NP on impending Marches

Govt assured of support against extra judicial demands

MQM advises convening of APC

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday held meetings with delegations of different political parties as part of his strategy to cope with the situation emerging in the backdrop of proposed marches of Imran Khan and Dr Tahiurl Qadri.

Delegation of Pakistan People’s Party, MQM, Awami National Party and National Party met the prime minister and agreed that every effort to derail the democratic system would be foiled. They, however, said everybody had the right to protest but extra constitutional demands were not acceptable.

Speaking to media after the meeting, NP leader Hasil Bizenjo invited Imran Khan to negotiating table. PPP stalwart Raza Rabbani urged the government to review its decision of laying siege to Dr Qadri’s residence.

Speaking on the occasion, ANP leader Haji Adeel demanded of Imran Khan to hold political dialogue and ensure fulfilling constitutional requirements.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to call an All Parties Conference (APC) stating that a political solution will be sought after the sit-in so why can this not be accomplished beforehand.

Endorsing the policy of engagement MQM leader Farooq Sattar said his party is willing to act as a facilitator during the dialogue process between the government, PTI and PAT.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Sattar said holding protests was the democratic right of political parties but “political engagement should be exhausted.” INP


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