ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance, Muhammad Ishaq Dar here on Friday said that government was ready to resume dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to settle all political issues.
Talking to media after addressing the concluding session of a conference organized by the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) on World Competition Day, he said that PTI had suspended dialogue with the government and now they are ready to restart it.
"The government welcomes PTI's decision for restarting dialogue and is ready to negotiate with PTI within the legal and constitutional ambit which is vital for successful talks", he added.
Ishaq Dar said, on the demand of PTI, the government has taken several steps including legal and constitutional amendments adding that about five laws regarding electoral process in the country has been reviewed.
Now it is responsibility of PTI to reciprocate the government's positive indication and postpone its scheduled protest demonstrations that could harm the national economy, he added.
He said the government would soon start dialogue with PTI and all other political forces of the country would also be taken into confidence while starting negociations.
He said that appointment of Chief Election Commissioner has reached its rational end that had been pending for the last 16 months as the government and opposition parties had sent unanimous nominations for CEC.
Addressing the conference, the minister said that government was determined to promote competitive behavior in local economy to provide level playing field for every sector to develop.
Promulgation and enforcement of competitive laws are vital to meet international challenges and to enhance trade with rest of the world, he added.
The minister said to promote competitive culture in the country, the government has decided to phase out the SRO regime and by abolishing the discriminatory SROs within the next three years.
He appreciated the CCP for taking steps to stop cartels and anti-competitive behavior for providing level playing field to local industry as well as to protect consumers rights.
Ishaq Dar said that despite significant decrease in prices of petroleum products, their effect has not been scene in the prices of daily use items adding that CCCP must evolve a mechanism to protect consumers rights.