Government ready to talks with PTI Ishaq Dar
Government ready to talks with PTI Ishaq Dar! LAHORE- The Government has expressed its willingness for holding an unconditional dialogue with Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).
This was announced by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at a news conference in Lahore today evening, after meeting of the core committee of Pakistan Muslim League (N) held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Ishaq Dar said that ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership has given a green signal to dialogue. He expressed hope that the negotiations would resume tomorrow. He expressed the confidence that after decision of the government to resume dialogue unconditionally, the PTI too would take back its call for protests indefinitely.
The Finance Minister further said that dialogue would be held under ambit of the constitution, adding that the government would not compromise on the principles.
Ishaq Dar said he himself would be approaching Shah Mahmood Qureshi to convey decision of the Government for resumption of the dialogue.
Dar also welcomed PTI’s decision to withdrawn its demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. He said that an elected prime minister could not be unseated on anyone’s wish. “Ahsan Iqbal would also be a part of government’s negotiation team along with me,” Dar told media. He demanded the PTI postpone its scheduled protest demonstrations till indefinite period.
Speaking about electoral reforms, he told that the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms is currently reviewing this matter and it has held 16 meetings in this regard. He told that five of the recommendations have been finalized and hoped that the PTI members will also now attend the meetings of the committee in order to suggest reforms.
The minister ensured that the suggestions by the PTI members will be given due weight age in the process. He also said that the government will quit if the judicial commission to probe rigging, announces a verdict against it. Ishaq Dar however cleared that whatever decision will be made by the judicial commission, both the parties will have to submit to it.