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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Govt responds to Imran Khan’s offer for dialogue

Earlier, PTI Chairman Imran Khan offered talks to the coalition government on the condition that it would hold early elections.

In a major development, the federal government has announced that it is willing to hold talks with its rival PTI in a bid to bring political stability to the country.

According to the details, Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah along with Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, speaking at a news conference in Lahore today said the coalition government is willing to hold dialogue however it will not accept a conditional dialogue offer.

Moreover, the Interior Minister said PTI Chairman should come forward for unconditional serious dialogue and stop threatening. Meanwhile, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said the country needs political stability for economic stability.

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Pertinent to mention that PTI Chairman Imran Khan offered talks to the coalition government on the condition that it would hold early elections. Imran Khan’s willingness to hold talks is being considered a significant positive development amid the ongoing political crisis in the country.

While inviting the PDM government over the possibility of early general elections, Imran Khan said that 66 percent of Pakistan would have to vote for the by-polls if assemblies were dissolved in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“Early general elections is the only way to save the country from default,” said Imran Khan and lamented the rising inflation and unemployment rate during the current government’s tenure.

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The federal government has however ruled out any notion of holding early elections and asserted that the elections will be held in October 2023. After Imran Khan’s offer, the PML-N government held a meeting with its coalition partners in which they decided that talks can be held if Imran Khan stops putting forth conditions.

According to the latest developments, soon after Rana Sanaullah and Khawaja Saad Rafique’s press conference, Imran Khan canceled his day-long visit to Peshawar to chair PTI KP parliamentary party meeting.