Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and government on Thursday established initial contacts to resume the stalled dialogue process. The PTI has nominated Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umar after government agreed to resume the talks with the Imran-led party. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has entrusted finance minister Ishaq Dar with a gigantic task to deal with PTI chief.
Asad Umar held talks with Ahsan Iqbal, a member of government negotiating team, to discuss the terms of reference (ToR) for the judicial commission to be formed for holding investigation into vote rigging allegations. After their meeting, Asad Umar told reporters that both government and PTI will hold a meeting on Sunday to finalise the ToRs for the proposed judicial commission.
However, the government could not stop the PTI from holding a protest in Karachi on Friday after the government failed to meet PTI’s demand to announce the judicial commission by Thursday evening. The PTI spokesperson, Dr Shireen Mazari, said the meeting was an initial contact between government and PTI as both sides had no contact after negotiations failed to bear the desired results over a month ago.
Ahsan Iqbal expressed hope that progress will be made in talks with the PTI as the two sides have agreed to come back to the negotiating table, ending the deadlock. The federal government has nominated a two-member negotiating team comprising federal ministers Ishaq Dar and Ahsan Iqbal. Iqbal said the talks had been suspended on PTI’s “unreasonable” demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation and now as the party has withdrawn its demand, progress in negotiations could be expected.
The minister urged the PTI leadership to demonstrate seriousness to resolve the issue so that the country could move forward speedily on the path of progress and prosperity. He underscored the need for political maturity and tolerance for bringing political stability in the country which he described as a prerequisite to economic progress.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT