No breakthrough in govt,PTI talks

ISLAMABAD: The fourth round of ‘talks’ between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and government was no different from the third.

“The dialogue has resumed. We will meet again tomorrow. The position remains the same”,  PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the end of negotiations being held to end a political crisis, that has rattled Sharif government 15 months into a five-year term.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar, said, “The negotiation is back on the track, which is a positive development.” Replying to question, he admitted the talks were yet deadlocked. “Yes the positions are the same”, Dar .

Thousands of demonstrators led by opposition politician Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri have camped out in the zone since August 15, demanding Sharif resign.

This time around, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar led the government team comprising Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique,  Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid, and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leader Zahid Hamid.

On the other hand, party vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umer, Jahangir Tareen, and Arif Alvi, represented the PTI.

The PTI leadership said, “They have decided to resume talks because wanted to give dialogue process another chance.”

Khan claims last year’s general election which swept Sharif to power in a landslide was rigged, though international observers said it was largely fair.

The crisis has rattled Sharif’s government 15 months into a five-year term and prompted rumours the army may intervene to resolve matters — and in doing so effectively put the elected government under its thumb.

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