MULTAN

Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) president Makhdoom Javed Hashmi claimed on Thursday that some elements wanted to spark civil war in the country under the guise of sit-in as they hatched a conspiracy to get 10 or 15 persons killed to pave the way for sending the government packing.

Addressing a news conference here at his residence, Hashmi added that the conspiracy to topple the government was ready but he stood in its way. “Had not I resisted, talking of politics would have been a crime today,” he claimed.

He claimed that the destination of the sit-in was decided somewhere else. Giving details, he claimed that when the marchers reached Islamabad, they were oblivious of their destination. “But after three days, we suddenly started moving forward on Kashmir Highway on someone’s order. I strongly opposed this move,” he claimed. Hashmi pointed out that he did not make any speech for nine consecutive days after this decision and the party leaders kept convincing him to address the marchers. He said that he smelled the conspiracy when the decision to go further ahead was made. “I strongly resisted this decision,” he asserted. The former PTI stalwart regretted that the sit-in ruined national economy. He said that he requested Imran Khan not to plunge the country into civil war.

He alleged that the PTI issued tickets to the thieves and criminals in by-election and he just hated this policy. He added that visible cracks surfaced in party ranks on the issue of resignations but he was the only leader who tendered his resignation on leadership’s order. “Yet I am being branded as Baaghi,” he lamented. He said that despite being vice chairman of PTI, Shah Mehmood contested election as independent candidate from Sindh which was violation of the party policy.

He told the journalists that he asked Imran Khan not to raise “Go Nawaz Go” slogan as this slogan earned Nawaz honour from the world. He also suggested to the PML-N leadership to exhibit patience. Hashmi said that the PTI adopted dual policy on by-election as on one hand it announced that it would not field any candidate while on the other hand, it started make and break politics in NA-149.

REGISTRATION: The process of registration for recruitment of soldiers in Pakistan Army will begin from October 13 which will continue till Oct 31, said a release issued by ISPR Multan on Thursday. The candidates who have acquired education up to Matric level or above can get themselves registered online through Pakistan Army web site ‘www.joinpakarmy.gov.pk’ from Oct 13 to 31. They can also visit recruitment centre in Multan for registration on any day except Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) has extended date for submission of registration fee for BA, BSc 2015 and MA, MSc 2014 examinations till October 31.

A press released here said students intended to appear in the examinations may submit forms with triple fee, amounting to Rs6,000 till October 31.

The fee can only be submitted in HBL and UBL main campus branches.