South Asia

Won't resign, says Sharif

Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer turned-politician Imran Khan rally in Karachi on Saturday. Imran Khan prressurising Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over alleged election fraud.  

Confrontation between Pakistan government and the opposition escalated on Wednesday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejecting demands for his resignation and Imran Khan calling off the dialogue with his regime until he quits.

Addressing the Parliament for the first time on the ongoing political crisis, Mr. Sharif brushed aside the demand for his resignation saying the country has survived “difficult times” and the current political crisis too shall pass.

“We are not going to be diverted by these things. The journey for the supremacy of Constitution and law in Pakistan will continue with full determination and God willing there will not be any interruption in it,” Mr. Sharif said.

On the other side, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Khan hardened his stand and called off the dialogue with the government saying that he will not be able to get justice as long as Sharif stays on as Prime Minister.

The hardening of stance came after the failed fifth round of talks even as the Supreme Court ordered the demonstrators to clear the Constitution Avenue by tomorrow (Thursday).

Political stalemate has continued for the last two weeks with Mr. Khan-led PTI and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) refusing to budge from their demand of the Prime Minister’s resignation over allegations of rigging in last year’s general election and killing of 14 PAT supporters in Lahore on June 17.

Wednesday’s developments came a day after Mr. Sharif and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif agreed on the need to “expeditiously” resolve the political deadlock amid fears of instability.

Resignations in Punjab

Days after its lawmakers resigned from the National Assembly, PTI’s Punjab Assembly members on Wednesday submitted their resignations, stepping up pressure on the embattled government.

Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly and PTI member Mehmoodur Rashid and 28 other party members handed their resignations from the house in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat.

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