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Khawaja Asif says the ending of marches has started

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Federal Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has told that the ending of long marches of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf has been started.

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In a telephonic interview with a television, the federal minister said that women and children have been allowed to sit at Parliament House but the area has been vacated from protesters overall.

The chairman of PTI, Imran Khan and the leader of PAT, Dr Tahirul Qadri would not be permitted to remain in the red zone either. “We will get Imran and Qadri to leave this place – one will go back to Canada, the other to Banni Gala,” he added.

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Asif raised the questioned about the whereabouts of the leaders of the protesting parties, particularly the Chaudhrys of Gujrat, Asad Umer and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.

When asked about the status of negotiations, he replied, “If the two leaders are still willing to enter into dialogue, we will welcome them.” However, he added that in such situation, dialogue could not continue.

The minister clarified that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would never resign as this demand was an insult to the parliament and the Constitution.

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