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Pakistani army mediates political impasse between gov't, oppositions

English.news.cn   2014-08-29 11:14:20

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Two opposition leaders, whose thousands of supporters have staged sit-ins against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, met the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, early Friday to find out solution to the current political tensions in the country.

The important development came shortly after Pakistan Tehrik-e- Insaf party or PTI leader Imran Khan and religious leader Dr Tahir ul Qadri, told their supporters in Islamabad that the army has offered mediation and they have accepted the proposal.

The Army Spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said, Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri met the army chief separately. Both the opposition leaders had one-to-one meeting with the army chief.

He did not offer more comments.

Military sources said the two leaders and the army chief discussed options on how to reduce the tensions.

The sources said more talks will be held later on Friday. The opposition leaders are likely to meet some government ministers to discuss a possible agreement.

The army chief had met the prime minister and "exchanged views on the present political deadlock," the prime minister office said.

According to the Prime Minister House spokesperson, they also agreed for taking necessary steps to resume the dialogue. They also agreed for the resolution of the issue in the best interest of the country at the earliest.

Khan and Qadri told their supporters that they have accepted the army's mediation offer and will wait for more time as to what is suggested to address to their demands.

Khan and Qadri demand resignation of the prime minister and holding new elections. The government has rejected the demands.

Khan is campaigning for resignation of Sharif as he claims the prime minister was elected through "rigged elections" last year. The government has rejected Khan's claim but has promised judicial enquiry into the allegations.

"The Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif, has requested me to halt my plans for one more day," Khan revealed.

"We are ready and accept army chief request to resolve the issues through negotiations," Khan said.

"On General Raheel Sharif's request, I am extending 24 hours to the government. The script is now all in open," Khan said adding that his party will stay on its demands, needs justice and real democracy in the country.

Qadri, is also leading a protest sit-in in Islamabad against the government and wants to bring out a "revolution."

"The army has sent a message if we will accept the mediation," he disclosed, adding that there will be a decisive action if they could not reach an agreement.

The protests have disrupted life in Islamabad and affected the economic situation in the country. The rupee has been devalued against the dollar since the protest has started.

Editor: Liu
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