Spokeswoman: Iran Supporting Peaceful Settlement of Differences in Pakistan

Marzieh Afkham
Marzieh Afkham

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham underlined that Tehran strongly supports a peaceful solution to the ongoing political differences in Pakistan.

“I hope that any difference in the opinions of the different Pakistani political parties and groups would end peacefully and without any tension in line with the interests of people of Pakistan,” Afkham said on Monday.

Underlining the need to respect democracy, Afkham called on all political parties in Pakistan to solve their dispute at the negotiating table.

The protests in Islamabad, that began August 15, entered the 10th day Monday as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the government remained deadlocked over the issue of resignation by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whom they accused of rigging the 2013 general elections.

Opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad since last Friday.

Both want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of “corruption and election rigging”. Sharif, who won the last election by a landslide, has refused.

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