ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – A Committee, formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan to hold talks over Azadi March of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), on Monday rejected Opposition’s Rehbar Committee’s demand of the premier’s resignation.
According to sources, the rejection came during a meeting of the government’s committee headed by Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak and comprises of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker Punjab Assembly Pervaiz Elahi, PTI leader Asad Umer, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, and Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri held in Islamabad.
During the meeting, the government committee rejected Rehbar Committee’s demand of resignation of PM Imran.
Sources said that the members of the government committee said that the government recognizes the opposition’s right to peaceful protest but the march towards federal capital is inappropriate during the current situation of the country and the region, adding that the government is serious about resolving issues through dialogue.
Sources further said that the government committee has decided to hold meeting with all opposition leaders and it will also hold meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif.
“Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani has also been tasked to contact Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chariman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,” sources said while Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi will himself contact JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Earlier today, head of opposition’s Rehbar Committee Akram Durani contacted head of committee formed by government to discuss JUI-F’s Azadi March.
As per details, Akram Durani informed government committee head Pervaiz Khattak about the demands of JUI-F. Pervaiz Khattak on the occasion said he will contact Rehbar committee after consulting with other members of government committee.
Government committee has summoned a meeting to discuss the demand s of Rehbar Committee.
Durrani confirmed that he has made contacts with Pervez Khattak and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani.
He said government committee was told that the stance of Rehbar Committee has not changed. He added that government committee would inform after discussing the matter that weather they want talks or not.
It is pertinent to mention here that a meeting agreed between Sadiq Sanjarani and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri earlier was called off after instructions from Maulana Fazlur Rehman.