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    Nawaz Sharif Press Confress After Meet With Imran Khan

    BAHALWALPUR: Challenging Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif again to a live TV debate, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Sharif should not fear the confrontation if he is a true leader.

    “Geedar (jackal) cannot be a leader,” Imran quipped.
    Khan was speaking to a gathering in Bahawalpur along with Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi – former Nawab of the Bahawalpur state.

    The PTI chairman further said that he would like to ask the PML-N head, if there is a TV debate, why his party – despite ruling Punjab for five years – failed to restructure the police force, bring the local government system and produce energy for the province.

    Commenting on the issue of new provinces in Pakistan, Khan said the country needs more provinces and that his party will create them. But, he added, the decision must be taken with great care.
    The PTI chairman has been touring parts of Punjab as a part of his election campaign.

    TV debate: Imran Khan lists questions for Nawaz Sharif ? The Express Tribune

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    Nawaz Sharif Press Confress After Meet With Imran Khan

    LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has backed out from his word twice and yet he blames us of being scared of him, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahbaz Sharif said during a press conference on Tuesday.

    “He [Khan] had earlier announced that he will contest elections from the same constituency as Nawaz Sharif but he retreated,” Sharif said.

    “On another occasion, Khan sahib raised corruption charges against us regarding Metro bus but when Transparency International investigated the issue; Khan did not respond.”

    “He has participated in eight elections in total and lost in all eight of those,” Sharif remarked.

    The PTI chairman and Sharif’s war of words has aggravated as the polls come near.

    “How can he not criticise federal government and Zardari who resorted to corruption, load shedding and has been involved in rental power cases?” he questioned Khan who has repeatedly blamed Sharif’s of corruption during their rule.

    Sharif further stated that he believed the arrow, cycle and bat have joined hands ahead of the polls.

    Earlier, Imran Khan had challenged PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to a live TV debate and said Sharif should not fear the confrontation if he is a true leader.

    Apart from his rebuttal of allegations raised by PTI Chairman, Sharif also spoke on the recent attacks on the Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Peoples party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists.

    “Interim PM and the Election Commission of Pakistan is responsible to put a stop to these attacks and we strongly condemn them,” he said.

    Imran Khan has backed out on his word twice: Shahbaz Sharif ? The Express Tribune

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    Sharif sends olive branch to Khan

    PML-N govt gets former CJP’s son ‘removed’ from Balochistan BOI, tasks several inoculators to woo Khan into giving up ‘tsunami march’ on August 14

    PTI’s KP president denies any reconciliation efforts between Khan and premier

    Perturbed over the announcement by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan about launching of a ‘tsunami march’ after Eidul Fitr, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has opened back-channel contacts with the cricketer-turned-politician, offering him a thorough probe into the rigging allegations, Pakistan Today has learnt.

    According to sources, the “removal” of Arsalan Iftikhar Chaudhry from Balochistan Investment Board (BOI) was also a part of confidence-building measures (CBMs) between both the sides.

    Well-placed sources have confided that multiple channels were being used to convince Khan to get his march postponed. Both carrot and stick were being used to get the objective achieved, sources added.

    “Common friends are playing a key role in managing contacts between both sides which have been exchanging notes for the past three days,” a source in the ruling party told Pakistan Today.

    NO RECONCILIATION POSSIBLE:

    On the other hand, PTI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Azam Swati ruled out any chances of rapprochement of his party with the ruling coterie.

    “We are not fighting for thrones; rather we are standing to preserve principles. Nobody could be allowed to steal the public mandate but the PML-N has committed this sin. So neither any reconciliation is possible nor is any to my knowledge,” he added.

    Swati said that he was returning to his hometown after attending an informal meeting with the party’s core group which was headed by PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi and no reconciliation was discussed in the meeting.

    “We are now going to our hometown to mobilise the party’s workers at the ground for the tsunami march. It’s now a do-or-die situation for us.”

    Asked whether Arsalan Iftikhar’s removal was a part of CBMs, Swati said that he had lodged the Riko Diq case after taking 30 senators on board.

    “We have saved the rich resources of Pakistan,” he said, adding that he had fought this case for three long years with his own resources as a private citizen of this country.

    Talking to Pakistan Today, a PML-N leader said that Prime Minister Sharif suspected that Khan’s long march idea was actually conceived “somewhere else” and that the establishment might be behind this move to build pressure over the government to secure release of former dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf.

    “The government is also using gestures to woo back Khan and the press conference by Information Minister Senator Pervez Rashid was a part of this strategy to send an indirect message to PTI chief that the government was ready to listen and address his reservations,” the source said, adding that no arm-twisting move would be allowed against the government.

    “We are political people and would like to make a deal with a politician who has people’s mandate,” the PML-N leader said.

    ARSALAN FIRED TO PACIFY KHAN:

    The PML-N leader added that in order to regain Khan’s confidence, Nawaz had contacted Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik, directing him to get resignation from the newly-appointed vice chairman of Balochistan Board of Investment Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

    “Since Khan suspects that Arsalan was given the slot in a bid to return favour to Justice (r) Iftikhar Chaudhry, the prime minister has directed the Balochistan chief minister to get resignation from Arsalan. However, Arsalan has been assured that he would be accommodated against some other lucrative positing,” the source added.

    KP GOVT ALSO CONVINCING KHAN:

    Moreover, the PML-N leader said that the federal government was also using bureaucratic channels to convince KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to use his goodwill with Khan to convince him to drop his plan which could destabilise the entire setup.

    “Khattak may convince Khan as the KP government may also face music if anything bad happens to the federal government. There is already resentment among the KP government circles that their achievements are being wasted by Khan’s solo flight.”

    PPP PLAYING ITS PART:

    In the meanwhile, a source in Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said that his party leaders had also been asked to “woo” Khan and his colleagues.

    “We are mediating between the two sides just to save the democratic system and hopefully better sense would prevail soon and this mediation would succeed,” the PPP leader added.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...ranch-to-khan/

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