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PTI decides to continue negotiations with Govt

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has resolved to continue talks with the government on a framework for elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) within the framework of the Constitution.

The decision was made at a meeting presided over by party chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who lives in Lahore’s Zaman Park.

PTI negotiation committee, which included Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, and Senator Ali Zadar, was also present.

According to sources, the negotiation committee tabled the details of two talks with the government delegation during the meeting. Meanwhile, a schism has emerged following the raid on the home of PTI president Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

According to sources, the majority of attendees agreed that the discussions with the government should continue despite the ‘illegal’ raid on Elahi’s home. The raids and arrests were viewed as ‘attempts to disrupt the negotiations’ by the participants.

The three leaders that make up the negotiation group are in favor of resuming the negotiations.

Meanwhile, a few senior leaders have spoken out against the talks, claiming that the raid on Pervaiz Elahi’s home has demonstrated that the politicians who are negotiating are “weak.”

Fawad Chaudhry, on the other hand, stated in a tweet that PTI has chosen to continue conversations with the government regarding the framework for elections within the confines of the Constitution.

Fawad stressed that PTI is dedicated to obeying Supreme Court orders and rejects any attempts to “sabotage the talks.”

He also stated that the final agenda for the talks will be discussed on Tuesday.

It is worth noting that delegations from the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) met twice to discuss holding elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

During the second round of talks, PTI delegation requested that the National Assembly (NA) be dissolved before the budget.

Furthermore, the delegation opposed the government’s plan to hold general elections in October.

According to sources close to PTI, political tensions can be lessened if the administration sets a timetable for the dissolution of the NA. They stated that PTI wants considerable progress in talks with the government before the next Supreme Court (SC) session.

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