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PM chairs allies’ meeting on talks with PTI

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is chairing a ruling alliance meeting today (Wednesday) ahead of talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Supreme Court directives.

The conference is being attended by Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chairman Maulana Fazlur, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, and other leaders.

The conference also includes Pakistan’s Attorney General and government ministries.

According to reports, the legal team is briefing the gathering on the electoral finance case and the negotiations with PTI.

During the last coalition partners meeting, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari proposed talks with the PTI, but PDM Chief Fazl flatly rejected the notion.

According to PMLN sources, the party leadership has directed Ayaz Sadiq to contact PTI’s Asad Qaiser, and both have accepted to meet today. However, PTI chairman Imran Khan has declared unequivocally that the mandate for negotiations is with Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The Supreme Court deferred the hearing of the suit till April 27 after the key ruling parties, the PPP and PML-N, assured the court that they will meet with PTI on April 26 to try to reach an agreement on the election date.

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