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PTI demands Prime Minister's resignation over petrol crisis

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) on Wednesday asked the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet to step down as they failed to resolve the prevailing fuel shortage in the country. Speaking at a press conference, PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said the prime minister should resign and call for fresh elections. She further said that petroleum minister should have resigned, or the PM should have fired him.

Expressing concerns over electricity loadshedding, she said there would be complete blackout in future as the country is running out of furnace oil reserves. She said the ISPR has been issuing statements on the war on terror which, according to her, is the responsibility of the information ministry. "The government did nothing regarding the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) except holding meetings, she added.

Taking credit for a reduction in petroleum prices, she said it was due to a sit-in of PTI. In response to a question about the presence of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Saudi Arabia at a time when PTI Chairman Imran Khan is performing Umra, Mazari said: "it is a mere coincidence and nothing more."

Responding to a question regarding the acceptance of PTI MPAs' resignations in the Sindh Assembly, she stated that the acceptance of PTI's resignations in Karachi indicates that resignations in Punjab Assembly and the National Assembly will also be accepted. Her party will not return to assemblies unless their demand of constitution of a judicial commission to investigate vote rigging is not met, she added.

She said that PTI supported the government in the war against terrorism, while putting aside its differences. She further said talks between government and PTI have been moving forward and the government is showing flexibility. Talking about her party's support in the setting up of military courts, she said PTI did not want to damage the national consensus. Asked about PTI's plan about participation in the Senate elections, Mazari said the party has yet to take a decision in this regard. She said the issue would be taken up by the core committee once PTI chief Imran Khan returns.

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