ISLAMABAD - Continuing with its efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis in a peaceful manner, the political jirga gathered here at the residence of Senator Rehman Malik to finalise its strategy to move forward in the light of the demands of the PTI and the government’s response in this regard.
The Pakistan Awami Tehrik team met the jirga members and expressed their serious concern over the non-implementation on the pledge regarding the release of their detained party leaders and activists, while there was no formal response on their demands from the government side.
Talking to media persons after meeting the PAT team, the political jirga members said that they were progressing in the right direction but a bit slowly.
Rehman Malik disclosed that both sides agreed to all points except the resignations of the prime minister and Punjab chief minister, quickly adding that they would come up with a solution to this problem, and in case the parties would not accept their proposals, then they would make public their proposal so that the people of Pakistan themselves could decide a solution to the issue.
Malik once again expressed serious concern over the provocative statements coming from some ministers and appealed to both the government and protesting parties’ leaders to adopt restraint and let them take the things to some logical conclusion.
On the other hand, in response to the 8-page demands of the PTI, which included resignation of the PM and constitution of a special council to oversee the progress (on their other demands), the government team came up with their own set of proposals to end the imbroglio minus resignation of the PM and with a few alteration of the set of demands relating to the electoral reforms and reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Sources aware of the developments taking place informed that the jirga led by JI Ameer Sirajul Haq was concerned over the provocative statements coming from some of the federal ministers which were creating hurdles in their efforts to bring down the political temperature and pave the way for negotiated settlement of the dispute.
Sources further informed that Sirajul Haq would likely take up the matter with the government and protesting parties’ teams to avoid criticising each other and let the things move forward smoothly.
Now with both the PTI and government proposals in hand, the jirga was working on it and searching for some common ground.
On the other hand, the legal team of the PTI was also busy examining the document and they had sought time till today (Friday) to come up with a response to the set of proposals given by the government.
Sources said Sirajul Haq held a meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, and managed to convince him to great extent to drop the demand of Prime Minister’s resignation, and lieu of it the PTI should get rest of their demands accepted on their terms.
He further assured that the Parliament would be the guarantor to the agreement to be reached between the government and protesting party, adding that the Judicial Commission would be given special powers and its recommendations would not be of recommendatory but of mandatory nature.
Sources further said that after the agreement, the PM would likely give assurance on the floor of the Parliament that the findings of the Judicial Commission would be binding on all the parties.
Sirajul Haq said that they were optimistic about the breakthrough but refused to give any timeline adding that the nation would hear good news soon.
The jirga held separate meetings with the PAT and PTI committees headed by Doctor Raheeq Abbasi and Shah Mehmood Qureshi over the last two days.
The jirga comprised Senator Rehman Malik, Mir Hasil Bazinjo, Senator Kalsoom Parveen of BNP-A, GG Jamal and Liaqat Baloch.
Sources informed that Imran Khan showed flexibility in his demand of the resignations of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.