LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan categorically stated that his party will take to the streets if Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) backtracks on the agreement to form a poll inquiry judicial commission.
While addressing a press conference in Lahore on Friday, Imran said PML-N is now putting pressure on PTI to change the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that lead to the consensus between the two parties on formation of a judicial commission to probe alleged rigging in the 2013 general election.
“The MoU was agreed upon by both the parties some three months back. The conflict of interest was on three terms of references (ToRs) of the proposed agreement which was later resolved, only after PTI showed some flexibility,” explained Imran.
But now, after signing of the agreement and its announcement in media, PML-N is hinting at backtracking from the agreement, which PTI will not allow at any cost, he asserted.
“We have shown leniency and acceptance just for the sake of the people of the country. But if PML-N still plans to employ delaying tactics then we will be rightful in taking to the streets for justice.”
The PTI chief warned that his party will not hold further talks with the government if PML-N goes back on the agreement. “This is a clear message for Nawaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar. Let there be no doubt in it.”
Earlier, PML-N had agreed to form the long-awaited judicial commission – on PTI’s request – to probe irregularities and alleged rigging in the 2013 general election.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, flanked by PTI leaders Shah Mehmod Qureshi and Jahangir Tareen, had said the PTI had shown a lot of flexibility, which had made the agreement possible.
Dar also thanked members of the political jirga and appreciated their efforts in ensuring a democratic solution to the standoff between PML-N and PTI. “We are glad that finally a consensus has been achieved,” added Dar.
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