BAHAWALPUR: Imran Khan; PM invites Tahirul Qadri

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT leader Dr. Tahirul Qadri for a meeting to hear their worries over alleged vote rigging in Punjab.

The PM expressed his views while addressing groundbreaking ceremony of Pakistan’s first 100 megawatt solar power project in Bahawalpur town today.

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“I invite Mr. Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan for a cup of tea in Prime Minister House… For what they are resisting and where the rigging was carried out?” the PM said.

His invitation came two days before Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s rally scheduled to be held at Islamabad’s D.Chowk against what Imran Khan called ‘theft of public mandate.’ He has vowed to demonstrate the power of his ‘tsunami supporters’ in the federal capital on Sunday.

Imran Khan is going after a vigorous campaign against irregularities in last year’s general elections, blaming the ruling PML-N for massive rigging in Punjab, the stronghold of Nawaz Sharif’s politics.

The PTI has challenged the results of various constituencies in Punjab and called for recounting of votes, initially in four constituencies of the state.

Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri has also join hands with Khan and announced country-wide protests on May 11.

Qadri held a five-day sit-in the same square in Islamabad in January last year, calling for constitutional changes before the general elections.

Keeping in view any untoward situation, the Federal Interior Ministry has allowed PTI to stage the protest with a long list of conditions.

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