Pakistan News: Pervez Khattak, head of the government’s negotiating team warned the opposition parties and opposed any violation of the agreement that allowed the current protest. On Saturday, in a press conference in Islamabad, he said that if their agreement is violated, actions will be taken against the protesters.
He said that the government is willing to engage in dialogue with the opposition, but the re-election or resignation of PM Imran Khan is impossible.
“We have told them that there will be no discussion about the resignation of the prime minister; don’t even think about it.”, Khattak said.
Pervez Khattak told that the Rehbar Committee of the opposition previously agreed on staying in the H-9 Sector, Peshawar Mor, Islamabad. He said that the opposition signed the agreements on one hand but meanwhile they were also talking about infringing government property. “We feel saddened over yesterday’s speeches.”, he added.
“We are in touch with all political parties, including the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).”, Khattak said. He said that their committee hopes that the protestant parties will keep their promises and act according to their agreement otherwise the government will take administrative action. He said, “If they go beyond [the agreement] then it would be a violation of their own agreed accord. In that case, no one should complain about us.”
He then talked about the institutions which were being criticized by the opposition parties. He said while responding to Shehbaz Sharif’s statement about the establishment, that the institution was neutral for the first time in Pakistani history, due to which PML-N failed in the election. He said, “We pay tribute to the institutions for playing a neutral role.”
While discussing the demands of the opposition parties, he said that they don’t have any particular issues or demands from the government. They only have one demand of PM Imran Khan’s resignation. He said that it cannot be a trend that the prime minister of the country would resign after 30,000 to 40,000 people gather on the streets to demand his resignation. He said, “Democracy can’t survive in the country in this way.”
“Our doors are open … we are ready for talks but if we are forced [then the opposition should realize that] Prime Minister Imran, I or ministers alone are not the government. Our government is all institutions and they have signed an agreement with the institutions.”, Khattak said. He further told that the agreement proposed by the negotiating team of the government was recently approved by the opposition and signed by the protestant parties.
He concluded by again repeating his warning that appropriate action will be taken by the institutions if the protestors violate any part of their agreement and the government will not intercede in such a situation.