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Parliamentary leaders of various political parties call on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss ongoing political standoff in the country.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held a series of meetings with heads of parliamentary leaders and discussed the prevailing situation created in the aftermath of the sit-ins. The parliamentary leaders from the opposition who met the Prime Minister included Maulana Fazalur Rehman, Syed Khursheed Shah, Farooq Sattar, Aftab Sherpao, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Haji Bilour and Akram Durrani. The Prime Minister apprised them about the policy of the government and said he firmly believed in supremacy of the constitution, the parliament and rule of law. He said the government believed that democracy was the best system for Pakistan and could take the country forward. The Prime Minister also had a separate meeting with the PML N parliamentary leader in Balochistan Assembly Sanaullah Zehri. Sardar Sanaullah Zehri mentioned the resolution passed by the provincial assembly that had expressed its deep concern over the situation arising out of sit-ins in Islamabad and "undemocratic" and "unconstitutional" demands by PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek. A delegation of MQM also held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his chamber. The meeting was also attended by minister for finance Ishaq Dar and minister for Defence Khawaja Asif, minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid.

 

Supreme Court orders clearance of Constitution Avenue by Thrusday morning.

Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek protesters to clear the constitution avenue which also includes a road in front of the apex court and the parliament by tomorrow, Attorney General informs court that PAT protestors are not ready to vacate the road. A five-judge larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, was hearing a set of identical petitions filed by bar associations across the country against the PAT and PTI's sit-ins on Islamabad's constitution avenue. According to petitioners, protesters were breaching the rights of the common citizen, as enshrined in articles 15 and 16 of the constitution, which ensure freedom of movement and right of assembly. During the hearing, attorney General Salman Butt presented a report in the court which said that pat protesters were not ready to clear the roads. However, pat's counsel Ali Zafar said protesters had cleared one side of constitution avenue and that there were no obstacles on that side anymore. After making several observations, the court ordered PAT and PTI protesters to clear the way in front of the parliament by tomorrow. The bench also ordered that lawyers representing the two parties should review the situation and submit a final report to the court in this regard. The hearing of the case was subsequently adjourned until tomorrow. The members of the committee formed by the Supreme Court regarding clearance of the constitution avenue visited the place of sit-ins. Later President Supreme Court bar association Kamran Murtaza told media that the committee will present its report to the apex court. He said it has been wrongly stated by pat before the court that one side of the constitution avenue is open for traffic. He said the constitution avenue is still closed for traffic and report in this regard will be submitted in the court.

 

Saad Rafqiue briefed the house about the proceedings of the negotiation committees in contact with PTI and PAT over ending the protests outside the parliament.

He said government has shown restraint and flexibility towards Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek protestors to reach an amicable solution. He said government has already told PTI leadership that their constitutional demands would be met and in case the judicial commission finds anyone guilty of tempering with the general elections of 2013 he or she would resign. He said Prime Minister Sharif has directed not to hold any sort of PML N rallies. He said pat leadership has been assured that appropriate action would be taken again the ones who are found involved in model town firing incident. Saad Rafique urged the PAT and PTI leadership to end using rhetoric, derogatory language and putting up a pantomime each evening. The house has now been adjourned to meet again at 11 am tomorrow.

 

Talking to media after the meeting, Dr. Farooq Sattar said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keen to resolve all issues through dialogue.

He said MQM is trying its best to resolve ongoing political crisis in the country. He said, both protesting parties must show some flexibility as deadlock must be avoided to find a solution through talks. He said MQM supports continuity of democratic process in the country.

 

Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj ul Haq has urged both the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to continue talks till the resolution of current political crisis.

Talking to newsmen in Lahore, Siraj ul Haq said the electoral reforms are the common demand of all political parties. He said the government has accepted most of the demands made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. The JI chief said his party will not support any extra-constitutional step.

 
 
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