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PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Saturday rejected PTI Chief Imran Khan's offer to hold talks, saying negotiations are held with politicians, not with a "group of terrorists who burn the memorials of martyrs and set the country on fire."

The development comes hours after the PTI constituted a negotiating team to hold talks with the government on the instructions of party chairman Imran Khan.

The team, comprising Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pervez Khattak, Asad Qaiser, Haleem Adil Sheikh, Aun Abbasi, Murad Saeed, and Hammad Azhar, will be responsible for formulating a plan of action in relation to the elections and engaging with the government, the notification said.

While speaking to journalists earlier at his Zaman Park residence, Imran Khan said that if he is disqualified or arrested, Shah Mahmood Qureshi will lead the party.

"The time will soon change, and in the coming days, I will give you a big surprise. There is no fight between me and the military," he added.

Earlier in the day, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that talks could not be held with those who attacked the state.

Responding to Imran's formation of a committee to hold talks, the information minister said: “Dialogue cannot be held with those who set the country on fire, create chaos and anarchy, fills the minds of masses with hatred, and harbour armed groups.”

She said that Khan was not appealing for negotiations, but seeking an “NRO”.

The development comes following Imran’s arrest on May 9 in a case pertaining to the Al-Qadir Trust. Since Imran’s arrest and subsequent bail, several PTI leaders and supporters have been detained and later released.

Moreover, dozens of lawmakers and senior politicians have left the party. The resignations include founding members, core committee leads, media strategists, and members of the social media teams, all of whom have been seen as crucial to the party.

These include Fawad Chaudhry, Dr Shireen Mazari, Fayyaz Chohan, Firdous Ashiq Awan and many others

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Rizwan May 27, 2023 09:11pm
Typical human nature. When powerful show arrogance and when you are weak only then show humility and some sense. Too late for talks and negotiations I'm afraid.
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) May 27, 2023 09:14pm
IK perhaps not offered NS for talks, it was to unhappy mother in law of NS, establishment.
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BK May 27, 2023 09:42pm
First do the investigation to find out who set the country on fire…there are people who think it’s you, ordering it from London! You are a coward who ran away from the country rather than face the law, learn some integrity from IK. Plus you are still too sick to hold talks, you right? The platelets are still an issue no? So kindly keep your sick and filthy mouth shut (this also applies to your princess daughter)
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Tulukan Mairandi May 27, 2023 10:59pm
The Lion of Pakistan, Avenfield Nawaz, has roared.
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Joe May 27, 2023 11:17pm
Look who is talking...a criminal...an absconder...who ran away with the help of apolitical on a fake platelet report!
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Mujib May 27, 2023 11:33pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, The inflatable...platelet-able...Lion!
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Mark May 27, 2023 11:34pm
Only in Pakistan it pays to be a mega criminal...looks at Shariffs...Zardari...and a plothera of apoliticals!
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Qasim May 27, 2023 11:58pm
Rightly said!
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BK May 28, 2023 01:16am
Aaa dude, you are yesterdays news and sick with platelets issue! IK didn’t mean you or any other PDM stooges. Everyone knows who are the real bosses in Pak. All I can say is shame on you and PDM for staying silent when a civilian political party is being unlawfully crushed by the army. If we want a civilian system, a true democracy then the political system needs to work together to get the army back to the barracks. But alas, all PDM crooks only think about themselves and not Pakistan.
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Love Your Country May 28, 2023 02:31am
Another U-turn by IK - some might say 'change of heart' - as he finds himself at a dead end.....
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