ISLAMABAD: Talks between Tahirul Qadri, chief of the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ), and a government delegation have ended successfully, DawnNews reported on Thursday evening.
Qadri, immediately after the talks, announced that “Islamabad Long March Declaration” has been approved which can be seen as a good news for the nation.
“We have reached an agreement. After getting the prime minister’s signature, we will read it in out front of protesters,” the TMQ chief told his supporters.
Tahirul Qadri, who supported a 1999 military coup, has been calling for the military to play a role in the formation of a caretaker administration in the run-up to elections due in May.
Protesters danced and cheered when Tahirul Qadri made the announcement, but the details of the declaration remained unclear.
The talks, which were prolonged for more than five hours in a container used by the TMQ chief, have produced a four-points agreement.
The deal may ease pressure on the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which has come under fire for failing to tackle a range of problems, from a Taliban insurgency to a weak economy.
The government delegation was comprised of Afrasiab Khattak, Farooq Naek, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chaudhry Shujaat, Babar Ghauri, Khurshid Shah, Amin Faheem, Farooq Sattar and Mushahid Hussain.
Earlier, Qadri had given the government a ‘last deadline’ of until 3 pm to meet his demands which he had later extended to 3:45 pm. At the time, he had also stated that talks could only be held with President Asif Ali Zardari. However, the government had constituted a committee to hold talks with the TMQ chief.