Long March of Pakistan

Topics: Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Peoples Party Pages: 3 (800 words) Published: February 10, 2013
Ashraf signed on the Islamabad declaration with the agreed terms. President Asif Ali Zardari also approved the document. Qadri and Naek then read out the terms of the Islamabad Long March Declaration in Urdu and in English respectively. It states that assemblies will be dissolved at any time before March 16, 2013 and elections will be held within 90 days thereafter. The terms agreed to unanimously include a provision of 30 days for pre-clearance and scrutiny of nomination papers by the Election Commission per Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. The treasury benches will submit two names for the caretaker prime minister who will be honest and impartial candidates for the post. Further deliberations on the composition of the Election Commission will be held on January 27, 2013 in Lahore. It was also agreed to implement electoral reforms as contained within the Constitution and Supreme Court order of June 8, 2012. The terms agreed to also ensured the end of the long march and sit in and an amnesty for long march participants. Earlier in the evening, after an agreement was reached between the government’s delegation and Qadri, three of the members returned to prime minister house to have the document signed. “Just give them some space, Khurshid Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Mushahid Hussain are going to prime minister house to have it [agreement] signed by all the leaders. They will be right back with the signed document and then the Islamabad declaration will be read out.” Qadri had accepted the government’s request for negotiations with talks beginning at 3:45pm. The committee was headed by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain includes Farooq Sattar, Afrasiyab Khattak and Khurshid Shah. The government ordered the deputy commissioner Islamabad to ask Qadri for more time to respond to his demands. An hour before the government announced the decision to form a committee, the Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chairman had given a final deadline for his demands to be...
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