ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, who has been appointed by the government to spearhead talks with opposition parties, on Saturday said that the opposition’s refusal to come to the table points towards “a hidden agenda”.
Khattak was referring to the opposition parties’ decision to answer JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s call to band together and march against the government on October 31.
“If you don’t sit with us and talk, then we would have fulfilled our responsibility. Whatever happens afterwards will be on you,” he said, addressing the opposition parties.
Khattak warned that in such an event, the government will then be left with no choice but to act and “make decisions according to the law”.
Khattak, drawing a comparison from a protest sit in by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf — which was part of the opposition in 2014 — said that the PTI approach had been different whereby before a protest was called, the National Assembly, courts, and Election Commission of Pakistan were all approached first.
“When all options were exhausted, only then did Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was the party leader, decide to march on Islamabad.”
Khattak said the PTI “didn’t just come out without a rhyme or reason”. “We had an issue (election rigging) and a list of demands.”