The inside details of PTI-govt election talks

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PTI and PDM-led government negotiating teams will hold the third round of talks at the parliament building in Islamabad on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.  — Facebook/@Shah Mahmood Qureshi
PTI and PDM-led government negotiating teams will hold the third round of talks at the parliament building in Islamabad on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. — Facebook/@Shah Mahmood Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: The long-awaited talks between the coalition government and Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) fell through on Tuesday as the leaders of both parties failed to agree on the date for the dissolution of the assemblies and the holding of general elections in the country.

Hours after the meeting ended, sources revealed the details of the negotiations, claiming the ruling alliance was ready to show more flexibility on the election date.

“Both sides have agreed to continue negotiations after a report has been filed with the Supreme Court,” the sources said Geo newsadding that talks could resume once the apex court issues its verdict.

The government officials and the PTI leaders sat on the other side of the table after the Supreme Court intervened in the election issue after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) postponed polls in Punjab to October 8 due to lack of funds and unavailability of security after initially announcing that polls would would be held on April 30.

The apex court later suggested to the political parties that they come to a consensus on holding polls together across the country or the court would make a decision.

After the third day of talks ended, the sources said the delegation representing the coalition government categorically rejected the PTI’s proposal to dissolve the meetings before May 14.

“The meetings cannot be dissolved until the federal budget is submitted,” the sources said, adding that the PTI partially agreed.

In addition, they said the PTI urged the coalition government to bring unity between all factions as statements and attitudes by some of the ruling alliance leaders created mistrust between the two sides.

The PTI delegation was led by Shah Mahmood Qureshi and consisted of Fawad Chaudhary and Senator Ali Zafar.

Meanwhile, the government team included former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Justice Minister Senator Azam Nazir Tarar, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Commerce Minister Naveed Qamar, National Food Security and Research Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema and the Muttahida Qaumi movement. -Kishwar Zahra from Pakistan.


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