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Imran to call of Plan C if Govt set up Judicial Commission

11 December, 2014

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Isalmabad: PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that he will call off his ‘plan C' if government is ready to set up a judicial commission before the PTI's call to shutdown Karachi on December 12.

"The judicial commission can be set up within 24 hours and if the government is serious in talks then it should announce to set up judicial commission before our scheduled protest in Karachi," he said while addressing participants of his ongoing sit-in at D-Chowk in Islamabad.

Khan, however, added that the Islamabad sit-in will continue until the decision of the commission.

"We will not ask anyone to shut down their businesses or shops in Karachi on Dec 12 as I don't want to harm economy of the country," the PTI chief promised.

"Ishaq Dar is demanding that we should call off this sit-in… I want to tell you [Dar] that the nation has already acknowledged their due rights through this sit-in," he said. "The PML-N leadership has already realised that we will not call off this sit-in until getting our right," Khan claimed.

He also offered leadership of Awami National Party (ANP) – PTI's political opponents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – that he was ready to open ballet boxes for recounting votes in any constituency of the province.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assigned Finance Minister Dar to resume dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

The decision was taken at a high-level advisory meeting held at the PM House, which was attended by Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Safron Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch, Governor KP Sardar Mehtab and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif among others.

The meeting was held to discuss prevailing political atmosphere amid protests and shut down calls by the Imran Khan led PTI.

Prime Minister Sharif wanted the dialogue with the PTI to be resumed at earliest. The government would also ask the PTI to call off their 'plan C' to shut down cities and subsequently the country in coming weeks.

Earlier today, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said that the government was willing to resume dialogue with PTI but for that Imran Khan would have to return to his container and call off his party's protests in different parts of the country, Radio Pakistan reported.

Rashid was speaking to reporters in the federal capital and said that the dialogue was discontinued on the direction of the PTI chief and the other way around.

Imran Khan should abandon his plan of closing different cities and come on the previous stage to provide a conducive environment for dialogue, the federal minister said.

A judicial commission would also be constituted and would start functioning as soon as there is a conducive environment for it, Rashid said in response to a question, adding that the decisions of the commission will be accepted and not criticised.

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