Asad welcomes PM’s offer for talks on fresh elections

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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) general secretary Asad Umar on Thursday welcomed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s offer for talks on the date of fresh elections in Pakistan.

Speaking to a private TV channel, he stated said that Shehbaz Sharif should announce a committee for talks on fresh elections along with the proposed date for the polls. “The economy is suffering from each passing day and the experts are now warning that Pakistan could face a Sri Lanka-like situation within weeks,” he warned and added that it has now become evident that the incumbent government could no longer be dragged and therefore should be brought to end as soon as possible.

The PTI leader said that their talks would only revolve around the single-point agenda of the date for general elections in the country. “We could also discuss other agendas of the government but election date remains a priority,” he said.

Earlier in the day, rejecting the demand for immediate elections by PTI chairman Imran Khan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that National Assembly (NA) will decide when to hold general elections in the country. PM Shehbaz Sharif will not take any dictation for holding general elections, adding that doors for talks are open for everyone. “I am ready to form a committee, but won’t take dictation from anyone,” he added.

PM Shehbaz said Imran should not “misunderstand”, adding that the doors for talks were always open but if the PTI chief thought he could “blackmail” the government then, “do it in your own house, not this House”.

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