In a statement in the capital Islamabad, Minister of Information and Broadcasting in Pakistan, Meryem Aurangzeb, stated that they could not talk to “those who attacked the state” and that they rejected the negotiation request of Pakistan Justice Movement Party (PTI) leader Imran Khan.
Aurangzeb said that dialogue would not be possible with “those who set the country on fire, cause chaos and anarchy, fill the minds of society with hatred and host armed groups”.
Claiming that Khan “wanted a political pardon, not negotiation,” Aurangzeb said, “Negotiations cannot be held with leaders of terrorists and criminals.” said.
Former Prime Minister Khan said on May 24 that he would form a committee to negotiate with the coalition government.
Khan’s arrest and protests
At least 10 people were killed in the protests that started after the arrest of former Prime Minister Khan on 9 May due to the case in which he was accused of corruption in Pakistan.
Many private and public properties were damaged during the demonstrations, and police vehicles were set on fire. Military institutions in different cities, including the General Staff in Rawalpindi, were also targeted during the protests.
The Constitutional Court stated that Han’s arrest on 11 May was illegal and ordered his release as soon as possible. Han was released on bail on 12 May.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rana Sanaullah, announced on May 26 that 33 civilians were handed over to the armed forces to be tried in military courts for alleged involvement in violence in the demonstrations that started after Khan’s arrest.