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After NRO, Grand National Dialogue (GND) is on the cards?

Sources claim that the establishment now seems to be ready for talks, albeit its reluctance to give NRO to the Sharif family, to end the prevailing political instability. What is going to be the structure of the Grand National Dialogue?

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Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Secretary General Muhammad Ali Durrani has revealed that “there will soon a Grand National Dialogue (GND)” in order to reduce ongoing tension between Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and the incumbent government. He was in a talk-show on a private TV when he told the anchor, Mohammad Malick, that “I cannot give you an exact date but there will GND happening in this country very soon”.

Malick asked Durrani about the precise structure of the GND. “Let it be very clear that my party has given me an assignment to help create an agenda where all stakeholders can talk and find out the solution to end this political deadlock”. Malick was quick to ask him; “and who are the stakeholders?” Durrani, however, did not answer clearly.

Notably, Durrani recently called on PML-N President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail after he was reportedly asked “by the establishment to go to jail”.

“During my meeting with Shehbaz, I conveyed an important message of the party chief Syed Sibghatullah Rashidi [Pir of Pagaro] to him. Mr Shehbaz is asked to play his role in stopping the opposition from resigning from the assemblies as the move could wrap up the democratic system. There is a need to initiate a grand dialogue among the national institutions and politicians, make the parliament functional and gather all Muslim Leagues under one platform,” Mr Durrani told media persons after the meeting.

It is important to mention here that Arif Hameed Bhatti, a prominent journalist and political commentator, revealed in the same show that the establishment has “secretly conveyed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to resolve the ongoing political impasse in the country”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the other hand, has said that he will “never give an NRO” to the PDM leadership. “Pathetic. PDM spent so much money, time, effort and displayed utter callousness by endangering people’s lives during COVID-19 spike,” he wrote.

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He said that by holding the rally the Opposition parties showed “scant regard” for the safety of citizens and their well-being. “All this just to blackmail me into giving them an NRO to save their looted wealth,” the prime minister said.

He followed by saying: “Let me once again reiterate: I will never give an NRO.” “Whatever future plans of further blackmail PDM may have, my message is categorical: There will never be an NRO from my government no matter what tactics the looters devise,” the premier added.

On the eve of November 30, Muhammad Malick revealed that “the top army brass is under no internal pressure to create space for opposition parties”. While speaking to Nasim Zehra on channel 24, Malick maintained that the narrative projected by Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazalur Rehman won’t be of any use in the long run. “To be fair, this narrative can create some excitement but it is not sustainable,” he said.

PDM has been seen carrying an anti-establishment narrative since its creations. Nawaz Sharif named the Army Chief and DG ISI for political engineering in the country. “General Bajwa is responsible for installing incompetent Imran Khan,” he said while addressing PDM rally from London.

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Sources claim that the establishment now seems to be ready for talks, albeit its reluctance to give NRO to the Sharif family, to end the prevailing political instability. “The establishment cannot remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from the office for its own sake but there are some concessions to be given to PML-N, PPP and JUI-F,”  a reliable source told GVS. However, it is yet to be seen if Prime Minister Imran Khan shall accept any such deal or not.

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