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Pakistan

Ruling coalition vows to defend parliament but divided over talks with PTI

  • PPP, MQM-P, and BAP agree that dialogue be held with Imran while JUI-F opposes the idea saying PTI's leader is not a legitimate political actor
Published April 18, 2023 Updated April 19, 2023

The ruling coalition on Tuesday agreed that the parliament’s sovereignty will be safeguarded but failed to reach a consensus on whether the government should hold talks with Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Aaj News reported.

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the ruling coalition had a divided opinion on talks with Imran Khan to break the political deadlock in the country.

The meeting, held to mark one year of government by PDM and its allies, discussed the ongoing confrontation between parliament and the Supreme Court.

The government's legal team briefed the participants on the progress of the election delay case in court, where the government passed a bill in parliament to prevent the release of election funding.

While some participants, including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), and Balochistan National Party (BAP), pushed for dialogue with Imran, representatives from the Jamiat-e-Ulema-Fazl (JUI-F) opposed the option, stating that Khan was not a legitimate political force to engage with.

In response, Bilawal argued that closing the door on negotiations was undemocratic.

The development comes a day after Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq met both prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and PTI chairman Imran Khan within a span of a few hours with a view to bringing both the "warring" sides closer to holding talks on the issue of elections.

Soon after, the PTI chief formed a three-member committee to hold talks with JI.

Meanwhile, the PPP has also initiated dialogue within the ruling coalition with a view to pull the country out of the prevailing political and constitutional crises.

A PPP delegation led by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday held a round of talks with PML-N leaders and exchanged views on the prevailing political situations.

Earlier, the PPP delegation also held meetings with Awami National Party (ANP) and other coalition partners.

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AmirSh. Apr 18, 2023 11:10pm
Take a look at the picture and you would know the real talent of our beloved politicians!
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Parvez Apr 18, 2023 11:49pm
When the same SC ruled against Parliament Speaker Mr.Suri.....SC was was " the good guy " because it went in PDM's favour. Now suddenly SC is " the bad guy "..... pathetic logic.
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KhanRA Apr 19, 2023 04:01am
We need a new slate of politicians.
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bonce richard Apr 19, 2023 05:39am
@AmirSh., Punjabi peoples never love the country they only like how to make money by hook or crook.
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bonce richard Apr 19, 2023 05:40am
@Parvez, Money talk bullish walk.
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