Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan refuse to budge; all eyes on SC, Army

Despite relentless anti-government protests continuing to rattle Pakistan's politics, PM Nawaz Sharif remained defiant, refusing to quit or go on a leave, even as  Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir-ul-Qadri  refuse to budge from their demand of PM's resignation.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan refuse to budge; all eyes on SC, Army

Islamabad: Despite relentless anti-government protests continuing to rattle Pakistan's politics, PM Nawaz Sharif remained defiant, refusing to quit or go on a leave, even as  Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir-ul-Qadri  refuse to budge from their demand of PM's resignation.

As the crisis seems to be escalating with each passing day, PM Nawaz is to hold a joint session of Parliament today.

Ahead of the joint session, the PM yesterday held marathon meetings with the Army over the current situation in Pakistan and acording to a report that was later denied by the military, the PM was reportedly suggested to resign by the military.

Addressing a meeting of leaders of political parties in the capital, Nawaz sounded defiant when he said he will not quit.

"We have rule of Constitution here and we will not allow any one to abrogate it," The Express Tribune quoted Nawaz as saying.

Nawaz Sharif's reiteration of refusal to quit came as Imran Khan and Tahir-ul Qadri were yesterday booked on terrorism charges.

An FIR was registered against Tahir-ul Qadri and Imran Khan and their activists accusing them of terrorism, Dawn news reported .

Pakistani politics has been mired in chaos since August 15 when PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahir-ul-Qadri mobilises masses of protesters to rally in the Azadi March, demanding the PM to quit claiming that lastb years elections were rigged.

Since then, the protests have continued and turned violent on Saturday with protesters clashing with the police, in which three lives were lost and over 500 were injured.

The latest twist to the political saga in Pakistan came when PTI President Javed Hashmi alleged that the recent crisis and protests were scripted and that Imran Khan was following the diktat of the military.

For a country, that has seen a history of military coup, it does sound threatening to Pakistan's political stability once more.

Now as the deadlock enters day 19 today, all eyes are on country's Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk and Pakistan Army, according to a report in the Dawn.

Pakistani Army yesterday in a statement cautioned against the use of force, urging a timely political solution to uphold the democracy.

Though urging both the sides to abide by democracy and peaceful means, the Army dropped a slight hint of what it will resort to when it said, “The Army remains remains committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state and will never fall short of meeting national aspirations”.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Mulk has has cancelled the holidays of all the judges and has summoned them to Islamabad.

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