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Saturday Oct 19 2019

Fazl's refusal to talk to govt shows other agenda: Khattak

Defence Minister Pervez Khattak. Photo: File 

ISLAMABAD: The committee constituted under Defence Minister Pervez Khattak reiterated its offer to negotiate with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) leader Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and other opposition parties ready to march towards the capital on October 27.

Committee incharge Pervez Khattak said that the other side’s refusal to negotiate shows their ulterior motives.

“They have another agenda… If it is about the country then they should talk to us,” said Khattak, adding that the option of talks does not reveal any weakness on the part of the government.

He cautioned Fazl not to attack the foundation of the institutions, adding that the committee is in contact with all the other parties such as Pakistan People’s Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, and Awami National Party.

The PTI committee's incharge reiterated that the demand for the prime minister's resignation is out of question.

'We haven’t closed doors for negotiations'

JUI-F’s General Secretary Maulana Abdul Ghafoor said that the party hasn't closed doors for negotiations with the government.

On Geo News talk show 'Naya Pakistan' Maulana Abdul Ghafoor said: “I feel like the government does not want the talks to take place.”

He further said that the JUI-F has stated its demands clearly, the government's team should come to them with a negotiable agenda.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif announced on Friday that his party will support the Azadi March under the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F.

The PML-N president addressed media outside the National Assembly, where he said that there will be a rally on Oct 31, in which the future strategy will be laid out as well.