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August 25, 2014

Imran threatens wheel-jam strike if PM doesn’t resign

August 25, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The PTI chief Imran Khan on Sunday threatened to launch wheel-jam strike across the country if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not tender his resignation.
Addressing his supporters at a protest camp outside the Parliament House, Imran Khan said the party activists will remain in Islamabad until Nawaz Sharif resigns.He called upon Pakistanis to withdraw their capital from public sector banks to press the PM to tender his resignation.
The PTI chief appealed to people to take to the streets for the sake of Pakistan. He asked the government to remove containers across the streets from Islamabad before further negotiations.
Responding to ‘taunts’ against the statement he made about his marriage, Imran said he would think about marriage after the formation of a ‘Naya Pakistan’. “At the moment, I have no time to think about tying the knot,” he added.“Before coming to my container for talks, make sure that the containers placed in Islamabad are removed,” Imran Khan told the government.
He said that soon after the election, Asif Ali Zardari told him that the elections were rigged by the returning officers. “Why is he standing with the prime minister now,” he questioned.He asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign for a month, otherwise the PTI workers will not leave Islamabad. — Agencies
Asim Yasin and Mumtaz Alvi adds: Imran Khan’s non-flexibility over the demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation on Sunday brought the dialogue process to a halt once again despite the acceptance of all his other demands regarding electoral reforms and alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.
Though the government was keen to hold another round of negotiations with the PTI, Imran Khan put a new condition, saying that first the containers should be removed from the routes leading to the Constitution Avenue.
According to sources, the government communicated to the PTI to resume the dialogue to break the impasse, yet

the PTI did not respond.Political observers believe that at a time when the government has shown flexibility and accepted all the demands of the PTI except the resignation of the prime minister, the PTI should also show some flexibility now. “In politics there is success if most of the demands are accepted and negotiations concluded on give and take, not on take everything and give nothing,” political observers opined.
According to sources in the PTI, the party announced it would put on halt its ongoing talks with the government-appointed panel, citing the “unclear and ambiguous” stance of the government.
It is to be mentioned here that Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday in a press talk after the third round of dialogue with the PTI had rejected the demand regarding the PM’s resignation saying that the insistence on a resignation smacks of a “minus-one” conspiracy and the PML-N cannot accept this formula.
He was of the opinion that the demand for the resignation of the prime minister when his entire cabinet and the government would remain intact was not understandable.“The government cannot and will not discuss anything devoid of logic and the PTI’s first two demands fall in that category for they are based on a myth that the PML-N defeated the PTI in the polls by unfair means,” Ahsan Iqbal had said.
Earlier, while addressing the sit-in, Imran Khan appeared adamantly firm on his stance, reiterating that he would not disband his protest camp from outside the Parliament House until he gets what he is here for — the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “We won’t take a step back from our demands,” Imran Khan said.

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