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Did not invite DPC to participate in Islamabad 'lockdown': Shah Mahmood

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday denied that the party had invited the Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC) to participate in the PTI’s planned siege of Islamabad on Nov 2.

“DPC has its own ideology, they are holding their programme on Oct 28. We can not stop them but we did not invite them. We did not invite DPC or Shuhada Counil.”

The government has been creating the impression that PTI has been inviting militant organisations to participate in Nov 2 lockdown, Qureshi alleged, adding, that this is governmental propaganda…We are against extremism.”

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“We never invited any militant organisation ever,” he claimed.

We are inviting people, students, farmers, labourers and all those who are against tyranny and injustice, no matter with which party they belong to, he said.

PTI has planned siege of Islamabad on Nov 2, where the party has threatened to “lock down” the capital. The PTI has vowed not to let the government function if the prime minister does not give himself up for accountability for the revelations made about his family’s off-shore wealth in the Panama Papers.

In an unexpected development on Monday Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri announced to join PTI’s showdown.

‘Army not backing PTI’

The PTI chief in a verbal assault against the ruling party on Monday termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “the biggest security threat” in the country and claimed the premier was isolating the army.

On Sunday, the PTI chief said the premier would be responsible if democracy was derailed and a “third power stepped in” as a result of the Islamabad ‘lockdown’, but quickly denied the party was trying to “bring in” such a power.

The PML-N, in an apparent response to the PTI’s statements on Tuesday, alleged that the army had no role in the Islamabad sit-in.

“Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid are fooling the nation into believing that the army is with the PTI and will make their agitation a success,” said PML-N MNA Tallal Chaudhry.

Imran Khan had also given a similar, false impression during the 2014 sit-in when he implied that a “third force” was backing his party. “But if that was true, it would have come to the fore,” the PML-N MNA said.

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