ISLAMABAD - Putting its weight behind the negotiated settlement of the political imbroglio facing the country, the leadership of Milli Yakjehti Council proposed linkage of the resignations of prime minister and chief minister Punjab with the report of the judicial commission, to be reconstituted, to probe the Model Town carnage.
A meeting of Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC), a conglomeration of over 30 religious parties belonging to various sects, was held under the chair of its President Abul Khair Zubair to discuss the current political turmoil in the country. The meeting came up with a unanimous decision that solution to all the problems confronting the country is in implementation of the Islamic system in the country.
Prominent among those who attended the Sunday meeting are Secretary General MYC Liaquat Baloch, JUI-F Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Allama Sajid Naqvi, Dr Freed Paracha, Allama Ameen Shaheedi, Asif Luqman Qazi, Pir Abdul Shakoor Naqshabandi, Dr Syed Mohammad Najfi, Qazi Zafarul Haq, Allama Arif Hussain Wahaidi and others.
Reading out the joint declaration of the meeting in a press conference President MYC Abul Khair Zubair said that the body comprising religious parties wanted to see the negotiated settlement of the issue for which all stakeholders must put in their sincere efforts.
The MYC leaders also offered to play the role of mediator to end the standoff between the government and protesting PTI and PAT workers and proposed the formation of judicial commission afresh comprising the judges from other provinces than Punjab to enhance the trust of the PAT leadership on the fair inquiry into the Model Town tragedy.
The MYC also suggested linkage of resignations of prime minister and chief minister Punjab to the findings of the commission.
It was further stated in the declaration that reformation in the electoral system, Election Commission of Pakistan and other measures to make the process of elections free, fair and transparent was need of the hour and asked the government to take concrete steps in this connection.
The MYC also expressed solidarity with the armed forces of the country which was busy fighting the menace of militancy in the country and also noted that the current political imbroglio in the country was leaving adverse effects on the internally displaced persons who are being ignored in the current political crisis.
The MYC declaration demanded restoration of Friday as weekly holiday and asked the government to implement the recommendations of Islamic Ideology Council to do away with all laws repugnant with the Islamic injunctions through fast-track legislation in the Parliament.
The body also asked the government to take concrete steps for enforcement of Islamic system in the country and in this connection it should take guidance from the recommendations presented in this connection from time to time by Islamic Ideology Council.
The MYC declaration said that a delegation of the religious parties alliance would meet the leadership of protesting parties - PTI and PAT - to search for some negotiated settlement of the political crisis.
Later, PYC President Abul Khair Zubair along with Secretary General of Alliance Liaquat Baloch and other leaders went to the sit-in of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and held meeting with Allama Tahirul Qadri.
In his brief address to the protesters Zubair expressed complete solidarity with them and supported their 10-point charter of demands. He also supported PAT stand on the Model Town carnage and demanded of the government to register the case against the killing of 14 people in police shootout in Model Town.