ISLAMABAD - A day after the government’s decision to call in army for the security of Islamabad, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Saturday rejecting the government’s move to invoke article 245 of the constitution said that the party reserved the right to go to the Supreme Court if the decision was not reviewed.
Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters the other day that the government had decided to call in army for the security of the capital in aid to police and civil administration from August 1 by invoking article 245 and a requisition request had been sent to the ministry of defence in this regard.
The core committee of the PTI that met under its Chairman Imran Khan rejected outright the government’s decision to call in army for Islamabad ahead of its announced Azadi March on August 14. The committee said that the move was tantamount to have direct confrontation of PTI with the army though PTI always held peaceful protests in the past.
The participants of the meeting also resolved that the time of verification of votes of four National Assembly constituencies was over and decisions would be made once Azadi March would reach Islamabad.
A statement issued from the Central Secretariat of PTI says, “PTI core committee stated that it would not, under any circumstances, accept the PML-N government’s decision to invoke article 245 for calling in the army in support of the federal government in Islamabad.” The statement said that it would be realpolitik if the government withdrew invoking of article 245.
The core committee viewed that democratic governments did not resort to article 245 as it effectively signalled an admission of failure to govern and maintain law and order to protect the citizens. The participants asserted that nation was very clear the PML-N government had failed on all fronts. They added that conceding its failure to protect the capital, its citizens and sensitive installations was a direct admission of failure by the PML-N government. It is also a clear sign that the PML-N government, in desperation, is trying to hide its rigging in May 2013 election by using article 245, the committee said.
It is unethical and unacceptable that the PML-N government is trying to draw in the army into what is clearly a democratic political protest march, the statement said, adding that army is a national institution and is not a tool for the PML-N to use it against its political opponents.
The PTI core committee also pointed out that the PML-N’s own long march took place just before the Swat operation and it then had claimed that it was its democratic right. No article 245 was invoked at the time.
The core committee resolved unanimously that time for talking or negotiating on four constituencies was over. “We have spent over a year seeking justice through election tribunals and the courts, including the Supreme Court, with no response,” the PTI chief said, adding that the party sought to work through parliament also but the committee formed to examine electoral rigging was dismantled by the PML-N after two meetings. The PTI sought the constitution of a judicial committee to examine the election results of four constituencies through vote verification within a period of two weeks but again there was a stony silence.
“Now the time for such approaches is over,” the committee said in one voice. The core committee decided that the decisions would be made after the arrival of Azadi March in Islamabad.
The committee also resolved that any party willing to support the PTI’s democratic and constitutional agenda would be welcomed to join PTI in the Azadi March. To this end it was decided that PTI would contact all likeminded parties prepared to use constitutional means to achieve their democratic agenda.
The core committee also said that entire PTI leadership was on the same page and was committed to going all the way to achieve its goal including resignation from the assemblies, if required.