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Govt requests military leadership to resolve current political crisis: sources

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan has formally requested the military leadership to play role as an arbitrator and guarantor in resolving the current political crisis, ARY News reported.

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According to sources, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his meeting with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif requested him to play his role in mediating the current political deadlock between Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the government.

He told the Army Chief that currently both the sides lack trust in each other, while the PAT and PTI are not ready to listen to any of government’s proposals.

To which, General Raheel Sharif replied that the military does not want to get tangled in political affairs. He said that interfering into political matters is not the job of the armed forces.

The COAS however agreed upon playing a constructive role in the larger interest of the state, if the government exhibits some flexibility on its part.

Meanwhile, sources said that the military leadership also denied the notion that the military troops will confront the political workers in Islamabad, under the article 245. He was quoted as saying that the military only fires at the enemy.

Moreover, ARY News Islamabad bureau chief, Sabir Shakir told that the government also registered the FIR of the Model Town carnage, upon the advice of the military leadership.

He added that the government was intended to file an appeal in the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan, against sessions court’s verdict of registration of Model Town incident case against 21 suspects including the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif.

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