ISLAMABAD- The opposition jirga has warned the government against accepting resignations of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) members, saying it would not result in the end of the current stalemate and will, in fact, defer the matter further.

After the meeting of opposition jirga, Jamat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq heading the jirga, and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Senator Rehman Malik addressed the media, during which they made the appeal to the government.

Haq said that with the acceptance of the resignations, the government would create an atmosphere for mid-term elections and this time, most of the responsibility would fall on the government. He further added that negotiations should take place between the government and the PTI as that was only option remaining.

The JI chief was also against the creation of several provinces as proposed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and said that the decision would be unwise. Meanwhile, Malik also advised that the government to make efforts to initiate negotiations with the PTI and if it refuses to, it would provide a reason as to why.

The former interior minister said he envisioned bloodshed in the country in the coming few days during the month of Muharram and appealed to the government and intelligence agencies to move forward and enhance their role.