All is well with PAT, final round Friday: Ahsan Iqbal

  • Minister says govt, PAT have agreed on holding independent enquiry into Model Town incident


Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has assured that talks were heading in a positive direction with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the final round of the talks will be held on Friday.

Speaking to journalists after meeting PAT’s dialogue committee, the planning minister said that they had evolved a consensus regarding enquiry of Model Town tragedy and had agreed on holding an independent enquiry in the case.

He said that PAT experts would give final draft of recommendations on Friday while consultations on PAT’s agenda of socio-economic reforms were also progressing.

The minister claimed that after Britain, Pakistan was the second fastest growing economy in the world, adding that the 2025 plan of the government would put the country in the right track of development. He further said that most of the PAT demands were included in the development plan of the government.

Iqbal further stated that the government had proposed a national reforms commission to bring changes in the electoral system. He further said that the government would also use the demands of PAT for reforming the system.

Replying to a query, the minister said that the demand of prime minister’s resignation was non-negotiable from the two sides. He, however, said that other matters should be resolved first in order to keep stakeholders on the table.

Speaking on the occasion, PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi reiterated party’s claim that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was directly responsible for Model Town tragedy.


  1. With Nawaz Sharif in charge, nothing will change. These people are masters at manipulating the system and blocking significant change that does not align with their own interests, while making excuses and continuing their murder and looting sprees.

    The article creates positive expectations, though Nawaz Sharif just has to go.

    The people in question are not trustworthy, Ahsan Iqbal included. They have shown that.

  2. Pak is the 2nd fastest growing economy in world?!?!?? Behind uk??!! Is this guy on drugs. Lol. GDP, country debt, inflation, consimer proces index and retail proces indez would all suggest a reality very different! Do shareefs thigs really think all of pakistan is illiterate and uneducated and will believe their lies.

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