Government to resume talks with PTI on Dec 7

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan confirms move, says he spoke to Dar regarding resumption of talks with PTI

Abdul Manan December 04, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has decided to formally resume talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on December 7, and in this regard, the formation of a technical committee, headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, is being considered, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, speaking to a selective group of journalists in his National Chamber, confirmed the move, saying he spoke to Dar regarding the resumption of talks with the PTI.

Sources in the PML-N said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after returning to Pakistan on December 6 from the UK, will call on not only the party’s senior leadership but also parliamentary heads of various parties in the National Assembly to discuss the issue of negotiations.

The initial agenda of talks with the PTI committee will be set, and both committees will meet on December 7, added the sources.

The expected agenda of the talks will be the Terms of Reference for a judicial commission to probe the alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

On the other hand, PTI chairman Imran Khan has not only given a go-ahead to the party to resume talks with government but also has also provided them the minimum agenda.

According to initial reports, sit-ins and protests will continue, even during the talks.

Further, Imran will lay emphasis on the government on the inclusion of Military Intelligence and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the judicial commission and not the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Sources said the PTI chief believes the commission’s recommendations are more liable to be implemented as compared to SIT’s findings.

He neither trusts the government nor the judiciary, and believes if the investigation team finds something wrong in the election audit, the findings might not be endorsed and accepted by the commission, added the sources.

Meanwhile, The Express Tribune has learnt that the PTI chairman and his party are willing to conduct an audit of 35 National Assembly seats, instead of a complete audit of the house.

Sources said the PTI wants the 2013 election results to be declared as “doubtful” come what may, and the party believes that of its identified 35 national seats for audit, rigging on 20 of them is clear.


Hamza | 7 years ago | Reply

It is because there is no any third party in this negotiation is going to be involved. Candidly speaking without involvement of third party this negotiation will not be successful. The PML (N) Government representatives, M.I. ISI is not third party. They all are pro Government then how the negotiation will be successful. Who will prove heavy rigging in the election. As we all know Ishaq Dar is relative of Nawaz Sharif and still having portfolio of Finance Minister. Is there anybody sincere and loyal with the nation if these people are sincere and loyal with the nation then till now they must be tendered their resignation.

Raghu | 7 years ago | Reply

@Gunner: I fear the day if IK does not succeed then the frustrated youth of Pakistan will have no choice but to join Militant group to take revenge of the atrocities done by government.

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