ISLAMABAD – The Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan is short by at least one potential political party to take down Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) federal government as Jamat-e-Islami (JI) continued increasing distance from his stance.
With only three days remaining to thier three-day big-show in Lahore JI’s Professor Ibrahim – party head in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) – has made it clear that what taste Imran Khan will have on his taste buds after November 30.
Ibrahim – who remained an active member of outlawed Taliban appointed negotiation committee for peace dialogues – clearly termed Imran Khan’s agitation as ‘Dance and Singing’. He said “Dance and singing cannot bring any change and our party workers will never be a part of it.”
He also claimed that during the negotiation process which was facilitated by JI’s Chief Sirajul Haq, Imran Khan’s stubbornness was the main reason behind deadlock. “Government (PML-N) was ready to accept the demands but Imran Khan refused to settle on anything less than resignation,” Ibrahim claimed in an interview.
He also criticized Khan for not pointing out at the rigging took place in FATA, Karachi and Sindh. He added further, “We too are disheartened from Imran Khan’s behavior on KP Assembly and government.”
As Ibrahim was a strong protagonist of achieving peace with outlawed militants groups in Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Imran Khan’s silence on Operation Zarb-e-Azb might had caused him some trouble. But other leadership of JI was not seemed to hold a different point of view.
Sirajul Haq was playing the role of arbitrator between PTI and PML-N government. Assisted by almost every party including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Sirajul Haq led many delegations to PML-N and then to PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). However, with the passage of time, statements of JI’s leadership started to frame Islamabad sit-ins in somewhat negative manner. Responding to which Imran Khan maintained “Sirajul Haq must leave the habit of batting from both sides.”
In response, though Sirajul Haq kept his famous silence but JI’s Secretary General Liaqat Baloch stated “London mutiny is a failure now. People sitting in Islamabad must go home and focus on governance in KP.”
As a last bid to defuse tensions between coalition partners in KP, Imran Khan and Sirajul Haq held a meeting over a cup of tea on November 5. Talking to media after the meeting, Imran Khan made it clear once again that there must not be any doubt “We will not going to end the sit-in just like that.” He told the media persons that they (government) must not think that if Tahir ul Qadri can go then PTI will also end it. “We will never end the sit-in until justice is done.”
PakistanTribe had reported exclusively on May 7 that JI would not become the part of May 11 protests that was another staged show of power by Imran Khan against 2013 election rigging. PakistanTribe also reported that that since KPK’s coalition partner JI refused to become part of PTI-led protest, Khan and other leaders approached Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q)’s leadership for the support.
As now Khan had already announced to take on government really hard after November 30’s deadline, PTI was once again left with only PML-Q and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to make any strong statement.