ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s demands for immediate resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and holding of fresh polls in the country aren’t part of the suggestions to end the prevailing political stalemate that he consigned to the prime minister through the Jamaat Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, sources said yesterday.
Haq met Khan at his Islamabad residence on Wednesday and later had a meeting with Sharif at the PM’s House.
JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and former member of the National Assembly from Islamabad Mian Aslam also accompanied him.
According to Baloch, Khan has extended the sole demand to the prime minister regarding fair counting of votes in 35 constituencies of the National Assembly where the PTI candidates had to suffer defeat.
Khan didn’t attach any other condition with the demand that he has sent to the prime minister.
The premier has assured the Jamaat delegation that he would discuss with his colleagues about the proposal of the PTI leader and respond in due course after deliberations.
When contacted, Baloch, to a specific query, made it clear that Khan didn’t refer to his demands for the resignation of the prime minister and holding of fresh elections in the country or disbanding of the current Election Commission of Pakistan.
The JI is the major coalition partner of Khan’s party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and its leaders are returning to Lahore.
It is likely that if the government opted to concede to the proposals of the PTI leader, the decision would be communicated to the JI leaders today.
It is understood that the government would also submit counter proposals for a settlement. Baloch, offering his comments carefully, said that now the ball is in the court of the government and the onus of finding a way for normalising the situation is squarely on the shoulders of the government.
He was of the view that things must be settled in a decent manner without creating a situation.
He said that the Constitution and democratic norms must be respected and upheld as both the parties must demonstrate maturity while dealing with the issues.
The Jamaat wants to play an honest broker’s role.