Govt reject’s demand for PM’s resignation, urges JUI-F to follow earlier agreement
The government rejected the opposition’s demand for the resignation of PM Imran Khan as the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) ‘Azadi March’ protest in the federal capital entered the second day.
Head of government’s negotiating committee, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “resignation was out of the question”. The reply by the government comes after the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had demanded the PM’s resignation within two days on Friday night. The defence minister further warned the leaders of opposition parties that the government will not show leniency if they backtracked from the earlier agreement reached with the government.
“If opposition resorts to violence, any damage caused will be the sole responsibility of opposition.”
Khattak said that the government will approach the court against Fazl’s threat of forcibly arresting the premier. “It amounts to mutiny and we will be submitting our plea in court on Monday,” Khattak asserted.
He further clarified that the army is playing a “completely neutral” role.
“Maulana Sahib has criticized the state institutions more rather than the government,” he said. “For the first time, all the state institutions are neutral. They will spring to action according to the Constitution if chaos spreads.”