PML-N again to resume talk with PTI
02 December, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Perhaps growing wary of the situation in the wake of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI's) threat to shut down the whole country, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led federal government on Monday decided to initiate dialogue with Imran Khan's party.
Sources in Prime Minister's Secretariat told Daily Times that PM Nawaz Sharif took the decision after discussing the matter with leader of opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah. “After the PM's decision, a formal contact with then PTI is expected soon,” the source said. Reportedly, Shah convinced the PM in the meeting that the resolution of the political tension lied in dialogue. Finance Minister and PM's close relative Ishaq Dar also attended the meeting. He is reportedly assigned by the PM to supervise the dialogue process.
Shah reportedly asked the PM “to learn from the past” and not let “hidden forces” take advantage of the situation and create anarchy in the country. Finally, the premier showed willingness to again start the dialogue with the PTI for the sake of the country. Shah also said that some senior federal minister's statements were adding fuel to the fire. He also criticised Information Minister Pervez Rashid's statement that the government would not hold talks with PTI.
During the meeting, PM Nawaz Sharif expressed his commitment that the government was taking all-out measures to streamline the economy and provide better facilities to the poor. He stressed that the top priority of the government was to provide relief to the poor and to further improve the economy. “Pakistan wants to cultivate cordial relations with all countries in the region. Our armed forces are fighting courageously in North Waziristan against terrorists and giving sacrifices to ensure a peaceful and secure Pakistan.