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Pakistan PM says he has not sought army's mediation in political crisis

English.news.cn   2014-08-29 20:16:53

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 29(Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday told parliament that he has not sought the army's mediation in the current political crisis as was claimed by two opposition leaders, whose activists have camped in Islamabad and are demanding his resignation.

The two opposition politicians, Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri, claimed on Thursday that the government has approached the army chief for mediation to end the deadlock.

Khan and Qadri held separate meetings with the army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, at the military headquarters to explore ways of a peaceful solution.

A government's team is now holding talks with the negotiators of the two opposition parties to have follow-up discussions on the issues discussed with the army chief. The military spokesman confirmed the meetings but did not share any details with the media.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif informed the National Assembly on Friday that his government had not contacted the army for mediation.

"On the request of both Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri, the Army Chief asked me to permit meetings with them," Nawaz Sharif told the House over a controversy as to why the government sought the army's intervention in political affairs.

Confusion further deepened when Qadri and Imran Khan also said they had not requested for the army's mediation.

Senior political leaders, speaking in the National Assembly on Friday, called for clarification over the army's mediation.

Nawaz Sharif said he can sacrifice his government ten times, but will never compromise on the supremacy of the parliament, the constitution and the democracy.

Speaking in the National Assembly on Friday, he assured the House that the government will honor each word of the resolution passed by this House regarding holding negotiations with protesters. He said he has taken oath to protect the constitution and the parliament and will never deviate from this oath.

Nawaz Sharif told the lawmakers that he would not surrender to any pressure and will protect the supremacy of the constitution.

"I can sacrifice my government but could not sacrifice on the ideology of the constitution and strengthening of the democracy."

Leaders of several opposition parties renewed support to the government during the ongoing crisis and advised the prime minister not to accept any illegal demands and resist any pressure.

Editor: Shen Qing
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