Following talks with Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar and Zahid Hamid after the expiry of his final deadline to the government, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahurl Qadri on Wednesday night said he will make a decisive announcement later tonight.
Speaking to a charged crowd at Constitution Avenue, a confident looking PAT chief said that the government team will return at around 9:30pm after consulting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“We extended only two core demands to the government ministers and they have asked for a couple of hours for getting the premier’s consent,” he said.
The anti-government cleric, who has been staging a protest sit-in with thousands of supporters for the last ten days to oust PM Sharif’s government, announced that the ‘Inqilab march’ would not be called off, however, the deadline can be extended by a few hours only to negotiate further on rest of the demands.
Qadri vowed to make the government team announce the eventual outcome of the talks officially if the two demands are met. He said the negotiations have entered into a conclusive and decisive stage now and urged the masses to be a part of ‘history’, which he claimed was about to be made in the federal capital.
The PAT earlier in the day had refused to withdraw from its 48-hour deadline to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government.