Opp says won’t stage a sit-in in Islamabad on Oct 27


–Durrani appraises Khattak of Opp’s demands

ISLAMABAD: An All Parties Conference (APC) of various local leaders of opposition parties on Tuesday decided that no sit-in will be staged in the federal capital on October 27, rather Kashmir Solidarity Day and Black Day would be observed.

Outlining the decisions taken by the meeting, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Abdul Majeed Hazarvi, said that the opposition would hold a large demonstration outside the National Press Club to express solidarity with the Kashmiris.

Talking about the Azadi March, he said that the participants of the march would be welcomed in Islamabad on October 31, where the opposition would show its strength.

He also said that the opposition will stick to its demand for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation and subsequent elections.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said, “Islamabad is our city and we are more aware of the residents’ problems than the administration, therefore, a peaceful march would be held to express solidarity with oppressed Kashmiris.”

He also warned the administration to avoid disturbing the atmosphere by arresting the participants of the march.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sibt-e-Hasan Bukhari also said that opposition would hold a peaceful demonstration on October 27.

The participants of the meeting also expressed concerns over the health of incarcerated opposition leaders, including former premier Nawaz Sharif, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Bukhari also demanded that the government grant visitation rights to the incarcerated leaders.

Upon being asked whether PPP would join the sit-in in Islamabad on October 31, he said that opposition’s Rahbar Committee will take the final decision on the matter.


Meanwhile, the Rahbar Committee has reportedly apprised Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, the head of the government’s negotiations team, of their demands.

In a telephonic conversation Akram Durrani told Khattak that their demands were the same and they stood firm on their stance. Khattak told Durrani that he had summoned a meeting of the government’s negotiations team and he would get back to them after consultation.

The meeting has been summoned at 4:30pm on Wednesday at the President House. The government team would hold consultation on the matter and inform the Rahbar Committee whether they want to hold talks or not.

Reportedly, Durrani also held a telephonic conversation with Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in this regard.