LAHORE - Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Sunni Ittehad Council say they will fulfill their commitment with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, participating in its November 2 show against the incumbant government.

Another religio-political party, Jamaat-e-Islami has sought Supreme Court’s interference to avert the present political crisis. “The Supreme Court, being in the limelight, can play an important role in pulling the country out of the present crisis,” JI chief Sirajul Haq said yesterday. Leaders of PAT and SIC, in separate statements, condemned the arrest of political workers and announced full participation in anti-Nawaz protest at any cost.

PAT secretary general Khurram Nawaz Gandapur said he himself would lead the party workers towards Islamabad to get rid of the “corrupt rule of Sharifs”.

He hinted PAT chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri could also arrive in the country as he (Qadri) needed only 12 to 14 hours to reach Pakistan.

SIC chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza said the police have arrested hundreds of workers, and many others are being harassed. However, he added, no power could stop them (the protestors) reaching Islamabad to participate in anti-government protest. “The days of corrupt rulers are numbered,” he added.

“Had the judiciary decided all issues on time, the masses would not have felt the need to come on roads,” JI chief Sirajul Haq stated while talking to different delegations at Mansoora. He said that the Panama leaks had become the bone in the neck of the rulers who had not set up an independent judicial commission for enquiry during the last six months. “Had the record of the rulers been neat and clean, they would not have hesitated to set up such a commission,” he added.

Siraj opined it is high time that the chief justice of Pakistan should issue direction which could lead towards peaceful solution of present crisis. Had Prime Minister presented himself for investigation on Panama Leak issue, the present situation could have been averted, the JI chief further said.

Condemning the arrests of political workers, Siraj held the right to protest could not be taken away from any one and the masses would not tolerate for long those who tried to snatch their right.

Jamiat Ulama-e-Pakistan head Pir Ijaz Hashimi and Islami Tehreek Punjab chapter president Pir Sibtain Sabzwari also called for the political solution of the unrest. The leaders of both the parties, which represent Brelvi and Shia schools of thought respectively, suggested that the government and opposition should sit and find out the political solution on Panama Leaks issue. They also wanted a thorough probe into the leaks regarding a top secret meeting between civil-military top brass which were published by an English daily.