Govt must enter negotiations with PTI unconditionally: Mazari

Published: December 9, 2014
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PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari. PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM/EXPRESS

PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari. PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf central information secretary Shireen Mazari said on Tuesday the government will have enter into negotiations with her party “unconditionally.”

“The government cannot set pre-conditions,” she said, while talking to media representatives in Islamabad.

Alleging that the deadlock in earlier negotiations was owing to the government’s firm stance, Mazari said the government has to resume dialogue from where they ended last time.

Following PTI chairman Imran Khan’s call for a countrywide shutdown, including shutter down strikes in Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi, the government had decided to resume talks with the party.

The prime minister had tasked Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and some other “soft-spoken” party leaders, including Ahsan Iqbal, to revive the dialogue process.

However, despite the emergence of a window for reconciliation, Imran went ahead with his shutdown in Faisalabad on December 8.

PTI Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhry earlier told The Express Tribune, “When they [government] feel the heat, only then will they give in.”

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Pakistani
    Dec 9, 2014 - 7:25PM

    No dialogue with anarchist. U keep protesting and doing dharma for next 4 years. Ro imran Ro.

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  • PakPatriot
    Dec 9, 2014 - 7:43PM

    Two can be beneficiary of rigging, one ruling party and another anti democratic and anti state group. When I cast vote no one checked me am I dropping only one paper or 100, because cabin was covered,, so what if Anarchist deliberately casted fake votes for reason later can depose ruling party and derail democracy in Pakistan… So rigging should be investigated but who is behind is most important….because state is not childs play…!!

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  • Midas
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:29PM

    Why, and with what consequences if they don’t? please scare the day lights out of me.

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  • Javed Mirani
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:35PM

    @Pakistan
    You are no Pakistani, just another paid chamcha of looters.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:42PM

    I think you and Imran should stay in D Chowk and continue Dharna and hopefully Rot there. No NEED for Govt to talk to you or have any dialogue what so ever. You had your chance of Talks in August you blew it.

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  • Maddy
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:45PM

    @Pakistani:
    Go Nawaz Go

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  • GS@Y
    Dec 9, 2014 - 8:54PM

    Isn’t it amazing that it’s now the PTI calling for unconditional negotiations after refusing to budge for so long! Nawaz Sharif should be the bigger man here and help PTI out of this morass so the country can move forward. Except I am not sure NS is not too petty for that.

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  • Shuaib
    Dec 9, 2014 - 9:23PM

    Astaghfirullah. Does PTI have no shame, decency or fear of Allah or the day of judgement? Doing politics over the dead bodies of his own supporters :'( :'( :'(.

    Ya Allah please give this country justice. I can’t listen to PTI or their anarchists anymore. It’s too much for me.

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  • salman
    Dec 9, 2014 - 9:40PM

    @Shuaib:
    You know your TV or computer has an off switch? Search and you shall find. Glad I could help!

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  • salman
    Dec 9, 2014 - 9:41PM

    @PakPatriot:
    But only one party is running to courts for stay orders to stop vote verification..the ruling party!

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  • PakPatriot
    Dec 9, 2014 - 10:22PM

    @salman:
    Definite they have to because they r in power N they know conspiracy, Position has to loose opposition not. free N fair election is demand of every citizen, if khan was loyal to state firstly he should have sensible charter of demands. Definite they have to because they r in power N they believe it’s well planed conspiracy, Position has to loose opposition not. Free N fair election is right N demand of every citizen, if khan was loyal to state n not working for anti state elements, he should have sensible charter of demands.

    1- 99.99% fool proof electoral system (what if rigging proved N govt was behind it, should we again rely on failed electoral system for reelection).
    2- Recounting of votes N verification process. If it’s proved that it is rigged N substantial evidences r there that PM Sharif was behind, reelection should happen. If there is no evidence PM sharif was behind they should rule for the rest of tenure. (No justice acceptable on principle: to robe peter to pay Paul, In Pakistan every examination is cheated so for those 10% who cheat we can’t demand cancelation of degrees of rest of 90%)
    3- Whoever is culprit of rigging after concrete evidence from position (to gain power) or opposition (to create anarchy and chaos for state enemies), severe capital punishment should be given, so that history think 100 times before repeating itself.

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  • Real Truth
    Dec 10, 2014 - 12:46AM

    Nope, No carte blanche for IK, and his co-anachists like SR. While govt should seriously consider taking a high road, and accommodating PTI, however, IK should be made to realize that he cannot eat the cake and have it! Start negotiations afresh (forget about starting where they were left — ‘cuz no agreement had been signed); IK must agree to start with clean slate, and stop prowling for dead bodies — excluding his own sons and daughter, of course!

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