Imran Khan, Qadri served with summons
ISLAMABAD Aug 21 (Online): The leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) early Thursday morning received the summons issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The apex court Wednesday ordered Pakistan leader Imran Khan and reformist cleric Dr Tahir ul-Qadri to produce themselves before the court on Thursday over the mass protests being staged in Islamabad to force Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif out.
"We would like to give notice to all respondents for tomorrow," Chief Justice Nasir ul-Mulk said in response to a petition filed against Khan and Qadri.
According to sources, in the petitions filed, the top court has been urged to restrain Khan and Qadri from "making illegal and unconstitutional demands."
to explain themselves
The summons were received by the respective secretaries of both the protesting parties.
Meanwhile, ministers from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters, but talks ended for the day with the two sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation.
Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been demonstrating outside the parliament building, trying to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office.
Khan and Qadri say last year's general election that swept Sharif to power by a landslide was rigged and are demanding his resignation.
A cross-party delegation met members of Qadri's team on Wednesday evening to try to resolve the standoff, but the session finished with no concrete result. It was unclear if talks would resume the next day.
Despite few signs protest leaders were prepared to back down, Abdul Qadir Baloch, part of the government team, had said prior to negotiations that he was hopeful for a positive outcome.
But talks were dominated by the issue of the alleged murder of at least 10 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers killed in clashes with police in Lahore in June, Rahiq Abbasi, a member of Qadri's committee told reporters afterwards.
"We called for the immediate registration of a case and the arrest of all accused," Abbasi said, reiterating his call for Prime Minister Sharif's government to stand down.
The government's response was not immediately known.
Khan had earlier struck a defiant note, insisting Sharif must go before he would participate in negotiations.
"We are ready for talks but there will be no use of such talks until Nawaz Sharif resigns," he told several thousand supporters rallying outside parliament.