Govt extends unconditional dialogue offer to PTI: Dar
Finance Minister says PML (N) leadership decided that talks would be formal and meaningful.
The Government has expressed its willingness for holding an unconditional dialogue with Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).
This was announced by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at a news conference in Lahore on Wednesday evening after meeting of the core committee of Pakistan Muslim League (N) held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
He said the PML (N) leadership decided that talks would be formal and meaningful.
The Minister expressed the confidence that after decision of the government to resume dialogue unconditionally, the PTI too would take back its call for protests indefinitely.
Ishaq Dar said he himself would be approaching Shah Mahmood Qureshi to convey decision of the Government for resumption of the dialogue.
He said he had sought a clarification from Shah Mahmood Qureshi about a statement of PTI leader Imran Khan that his party would not go back to the assemblies even if the Judicial Commission concluded that no systematic rigging took place in the general elections.
He said Shah Mahmood Qureshi clarified that statement of Imran Khan was misreported and he didn't mean that.
The Minister said the dialogue would be held without compromising principles. He said the dialogue would be strictly within the bounds of the law and the constitution and hoped that the PTI would not put forward any illegal or unconstitutional demand.
He welcomed that PTI has dropped its illegal and unconstitutional demand for resignation of the Prime Minister or his going on leave.
He said the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms is already tasked to propose recommendations for improvement of existing laws, amendment in the constitution if necessary and formulation of news laws to ensure fairness and transparency of elections.
To a question he said it would be their effort that dialogue resumes on Thursday [December 11].
Meanwhile, Spokesperson Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shireen Mazari has welcomed the government's unconditional offer of dialogue to the party.
She said the dialogue process should be started from the point, where it was stopped. She, however, said that strike call would not be withdrawn immediately.
Meanwhile, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq has also welcomed the government's announcement of resuming dialogue. He said dialogue would pave the way for the resolution of current political crisis.