ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday held a meeting with allied parties and rejected any conditional talks with any political party, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The Prime Minister emphasized unity among the ranks of the allied parties and expressed his satisfaction with the completion of a year in power since the ouster of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in April of last year.
The meeting, held in the Prime Minister’s House, was attended by the coalition parties to discuss the current political situation in the country and the upcoming Punjab elections. The allies parties denounced Imran Khan’s behavior in the meeting as ‘stubbornness’ and stated that those elements spreading hatred among the nation should not be taken seriously even in discussions.
The coalition parties expressed their satisfaction at the completion of one year in power and reiterated their commitment to face challenges and difficulties and vowed not to leave the nation alone in the time of crisis. The legal team of the government briefed the meeting about the judicial matters, which was appreciated by the participants of the meeting.
As per the media report, the meeting of allied parties completely rejected conditional negotiations with any political party, but the doors of dialogue in politics are always open. The unity government said that no one should set conditions for moving forward and expressed the commitment of the government coalition to ‘selfless and purposeful’ dialogue for the sake of the country.
The meeting shed light on the apex court orders regarding the Punjab elections. Proposal for holding dialogue between the political parties also came under the discussion. The PPP and the PML-N had decided to start negotiations with the PTI in a bid to find a way out of the political impasse.
PPP and PML-N parliamentarians including Naveed Qamar, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Sanaullah and Khawaja Saad Rafique attended the huddle between the two parties.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah expressed his concern over the current state of the country and stressed the need for negotiations must continue between the allied parties. The senior PML-N leader said that the conflict between the institutes is not good for the country. The relationship between the parliament and judiciary is complicated, he maintained.