Jamaat-e-Islami’s bid to end govt-PTI stand-off

August 09, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: The top leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami has sought from the government the issuance of an ordinance to get re-counting of any constituency done either on the orders of the ECP or the government to meet the major demand of the PTI chief Imran Khan.

Liaqat Baloch, a member of the Sirajul Haq-led JI team trying to defuse the tension, said yesterday that Imran Khan wants re-counting of votes for which he has suggested the issuance of a Presidential Ordinance to amend the present set of laws, which only empower the Election Tribunals to do this job.

Baloch said that in their meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the JI team had sought an amendment in the existing set of laws through a Presidential Ordinance, so that the main demand of Imran Khan could be met to end the present standoff between the government and PTI.

Liaqat Baloch said that when Imran Khan was told by the JI team that his demand of re-counting could only be met through the Election Tribunal and not by the government, the PTI chief responded that the government could amend the law through a Presidential Ordinance.

The JI Naib Amir said the prime minister told them that the government would consider the Jamaat’s formula but wondered if after an amendment in the law, the PTI chief would be satisfied and would not raise another issue.

Baloch said that now the government would have to respond to the JI’s suggestion. Regarding Imran Khan and his August 14 Azadi March, Baloch said that if the government promulgates the required ordinance, the PTI would also respond positively.

To a question, he explained that even if the government promulgates the ordinance, the PTI would go-ahead with its Azadi March but it would not be problematic.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   INTERNEWS