ISLAMABAD- The newly formed committee, headed by Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq, managed to restore the stalled talks between the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.
During separate meetings with Imran Khan and Allama Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday night, JI Amir Sirajul Haq and his team asked both the sides to show flexibility and resolve the issue through meaningful dialogue for which the PTI and PAT leadership had constituted committees which would resume the negotiations from where they were suspended.
The committee which the JI Amir named as Awami Jirga also asked the government to release the arrested workers of both the protesting parties, allow supply of food to those staging the sit-in in front of the Parliament and provide proper medical treatment to the injured in the last couple of days in the police-protesters clashes. While PTI and PAT were urged to immediately call off the protests being launched by their parties in major cities of the country.
Sirajul Haq said they had once again played their role in resumption of the stalled dialogue between the two sides and said now the talks would be open to the people of Pakistan and the Awami Jirga and the people of Pakistan would be the guarantors of the agreement reached between the two sides.
Sirajul Haq said he and other members of the committee, Rehman Malik, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, GG Jamal, Liaquat Baloch and Kalsoom Parveen, first held a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and then they met PTI Chief Allama Tahirul Qadri. The response from these leaders was positive and both of them had constituted committees to resume the talks from where they had left it.
Sirajul Haq said that from the day one they had stressed to resolve the imbroglio through negotiations and the response of both the leaders was positive.
Sirajul Haq was all praise for the peaceful protesters who despite the clashes of the last couple of days remained peaceful and said both the government and the protesters were responsible for the violence that had taken place in the past two or three days.
He said the government and the leadership of both the protesting parties had realised some of their mistakes.
The PTI negotiating team would be led by Shah Mahmood Qureshi while it would comprise the same members who had held several sessions with the government team.
Sirajul Haq hoped now the government team would take forward the peace initiative in pragmatic and accommodative fashion. The protesting parties would also show some flexibility in their stance on the irritants which had resulted in the break-up of the process.
In his brief chat, PPP Senator Rehman Malik said they had come here with the message of peace and love and predicted the nation would hear good news soon.
The response of both the leaders was positive and hoped they would manage to defuse the tension and come up with some negotiated settlement.
Rehman Malik also mentioned behind-the-scene efforts being made by PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari for resumption of the stalled talks. He hoped now with the positive response coming from the protesting parties, the government should also show some flexibility and graciousness in resolving the issue through negotiations.
He said they would be holding another round of negotiations with the PTI and PAT teams before their formal interaction with the government side to resolve the imbroglio.
It is pertinent to mention that the talks between the government and PTI and PAT negotiating teams break faced suspension on the issue of resignation of the prime minister and the Punjab chief minister while rest of the demands of both the parties had been accepted by the government. Even the Anti-Terrorism Act clause (7-ATA) was also included in the FIR lodged in the Model Town tragedy. On the application of the PAT, the names of the prime minsiter, the Punjab chief minister and a number of federal ministers were also included in the FIR.
Sources aware of behind-the-scene developments informed The Nation that during the Monday meeting with the heads of parliamentary parties, the prime minister decided to give dialogue a final chance to resolve the political standoff and the ongoing protests by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.
Sources in the government said majority of the MPs at the meeting were of the view that the government should use force to purge the Constitution Avenue of the protesters staging sit-ins for the past 15 days. But the saner elements advised the prime minister to give dialogue another chance to resolve the imbroglio.
So another committee, comprising senior parliamentarians under the head of Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq, was constituted which met both Imran Khan and Allama Tahirul Qadri.