ISLAMABAD - Chief Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday set a new condition for resuming talks with the government, saying the government will have to free all arrested workers of PAT to recommence negotiations with his party.

The government whereas seems in no mood to act upon Qadri’s will because the major question remains the same: what to discuss with Dr Qadri even after releasing his workers when Qadri is not surrendering his illegitimate demands, as the power circles term them.

Fiery as always, Dr Qadri on Saturday said that this way the governance could not stop the tide of revolution that was on its way. “The government is taking its last breaths,” Qadri said.

Qadri again warned the rulers not to test the patience of the people and warned if his workers went out of his control, they would teach a lesson to the rulers. Qadri the other day too threatened the government for the same thing and cautioned that his followers might go out of his control.

Qadri also claimed that his personal guards were also arrested by the government. “Hataf Security is a registered company, but still the guards provided to him by the company were arrested for having weapons,” he added. He told the participants of the sit-in that the government led by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was appalled to the core and rattled by the sit-in in Islamabad so it kick-started rounding up the workers across Punjab.

He claimed an ocean of people would attend the sit-in if the government removes the barricades and containers from the roads. He also urged that the people would have to decide once and for all either if they wanted to save the country or the corrupt rulers. The PAT chief said, “Ministers are once again insincerely playacting the negotiations. The government holds talks on one hand while the workers are being apprehended on the other.”

JUI-F condemns PTI workers for attacking police

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) Saturday condemned PTI workers for obstructing the course of justice and attacking police, saying the PTI now wants to create anarchy.

In a statement JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai said police are here to enforce the writ of the state and have done a great job by arresting militants who attacked Parliament and PTV buildings. All are equal before the law, he said and regretted PTI’s support for militants. He also criticised the leaders of PTI for pressurising the higher courts.

He said that PTI wanted its choice of justice and JUI-F and other parties will not allow it to blackmail higher judiciary.