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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that “anarchists and arsonists who wear the garb of politicians and attack the symbols of the state do not qualify for a dialogue”.

In a tweet, he wrote dialogue is deeply embedded in the political process, which helps democracy mature and evolve.

“Many political and constitutional breakthroughs occurred when political leaders sat across the table to craft a consensus,” he said.

“However, there is a major difference here, the anarchists and arsonists who wear the garb of politicians and attack the symbols of the state do not qualify for a dialogue.”

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They should rather be held to account for their militant actions. This is the prevalent practice even in developed democracies, the PM said.

His comments come as political stakeholders are demanding a dialogue to break a deadlock between the government and opposition following the May 9 mayhem.

On May 9, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which triggered nation-wide protests that transformed into violence.

Subsequently, a few state institutions, including Corps Commander House (Jinnah House) in Lahore, came under attack. The protesters also set multiple buildings on fire.

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Police arrested scores of PTI workers and leaders and many of them are currently in prisons.

Later, the government announced to “spare no culprit” and try them in military courts if they meet the requirements.

On May 17, PM Shehbaz said that the roots of the mutinous attack on the state, its symbols and sensitive installations on May 9 “lie in the contents of Imran Niazi’s speeches over the past one year”.

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According to him, Imran had liberally deployed religious imagery to brand his political agitation as a war between truth and falsehood.

“He has relentlessly maligned and attacked the armed forces and the sitting Army Chief and very cunningly prepared his cult with the slogans of Haqeeqi Azadi aimed at inciting them for violence we witnessed on May 9.”

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Tulukan Mairandi May 30, 2023 01:45pm
Imran is a anarchist arsonist and a total psycho
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Parvez May 30, 2023 02:12pm
It is worth repeating.....what goes around comes around....our politicians have failed to fully understand this.
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Shahid Khan May 30, 2023 02:21pm
Time will turn around and tomorrow the other side has to cry. This is Pakistan
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KU May 30, 2023 02:45pm
Neither do others who fail to answer or justify wealth beyond means, yet they roam around leading a country into the abyss, ours will be a sad tale but forgotten quickly.
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Zubair May 30, 2023 03:41pm
Mr. SS.. Can you give a little attention to the sinking economy and highest ever inflation? You can do score settling with IK in next government since you claim that PTI is done and dusted.
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Rizwan May 30, 2023 04:45pm
Every dog has a day. Let them enjoy and say whatever, for the time being.
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test May 30, 2023 07:26pm
I agree with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif that the govt should not carry out dialouge with terrorists and arsonists. I am more of interested in Al Qadir Trust Mega Corruption Scandal in which chances of punishment for Imran and Malik Riaz are very much high due to the evidence against Imran and Malik Riaz in the 60 billion mega corruption scandal. Both Imran and Malik Riaz will find their way in jail if the trial is executed lawfully. If Nawaz can be convicted for those flats then Imran will also be convicted for 60 billion corruption and so does Zardari with 100 billion corruption in those fake bank accounts but one thing for sure the corruption of Nawaz is very less as compared to the corruption of both Imran and Zardari and the good thing about Nawaz Sharif is that he gave CPEC which I admire till this day. May be Nawaz is corrupt but he is definitely a Pro Chinese which I like about Nawaz Sharif.
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TimeToMovveOn May 30, 2023 07:54pm
Social balkanization is in progress. Already, PIT USA is campaigning against its own country in the USA. Just imagine what they will do after Oct, when NS becomes the PM, and IK is in Jail, hospital, or sent abroad.
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zh May 30, 2023 08:22pm
We should not forget about the murders of the model town victims.
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