One wrong move and talks will be called off: Sheikh Rashid

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Awami Muslim League (AML) Chairman Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has warned that if the rulers commit any “mistake” or “show highhandedness” during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI’s) Lahore shutdown, the dialogue process between the government and PTI would be called off.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, the fiery ally of PTI said it is entirely in the hands of the government whether its talks with PTI “go on or break down”.

“If any attempt is made to sabotage the peaceful protest, the protestors will march on to Jati Umra,” said Rashid.

He said it would be in the interest of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government to form a judicial commission to investigate rigging in the 2013 General Elections. The formation of the judicial commission and resumption of negotiations would give a positive message to all powers that the political leadership is capable of resolving all issues at the table, said Rashid.

Rashid went on to say that the government does not need enemies when people like Khawaja Asif, Abid Sher Ali, Saad Rafiq and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq are present in its camp.

He alleged that some people were going to “grab” LNG and Reko Diq projects, adding that like the rental power projects, generation of electricity through coal was “a fraud with the nation”.