PTI Negotiations

PESHAWAR, August 28: After unsuccessful talks with the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, the negotiations between the government and Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri have also failed and Mr Qadri says he will deliver his last speech to his party’s rally in Islamabad today.

On 27 August, the government nominated committee comprising Finance Minister Mr Ishaq Dar, Mr Zahid Hamid, Punjab Governor Mr Chaudhary Sarwar and Sindh Governor Dr Eshratul Ebad held talks with Mr Qadri.

Qadri demanded resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Mr Shahbaz Sharif and filing of a police case in the Model Town (Lahore city) incident in which several supporters of Mr Qadri had been killed as a result of police firing during a rally. However, the government refused to fulfill these demands.

After the meeting, Qadri said the negotiations with the government had failed and that he would announce his final decision in his address to the rally at 3pm today afternoon.

On the other hand, PTI chief Mr Imran Khan said he was not willing to hold negotiations till Prime Minister Mr Nawaz Sharif resigned.

Mr Khan also said he would announce a key decision today.

The Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif, has cancelled his visit to Turkey because of the prevailing political crisis in Pakistan.