0829 GMT July 23, 2019
Underlining the need to respect democracy, Afkham called on all political parties in Pakistan to solve their dispute at the negotiating table.
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 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.