Govt, PTI to make final push for consensus on election date today


Today (Tuesday), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the PDM-led government are scheduled to have their “final” round of negotiations, despite leaders from both parties casting doubt on them.

According to a statement from Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, talks between the coalition government and the biggest opposition party, which were originally set for 11am, will now take place at 9pm in the Senate Secretariat.

The busy schedules of the members of the negotiation committees from both sides, according to the Senate chairman, were the reason for the modification. The administration and PTI should be able to talk more easily about important national problems thanks to the new negotiation times.

Before the talks began, PTI Chairman Imran Khan declared that if the PDM dissolves all of the assemblies — national, Sindh, and Balochistan — before May 14, when the Supreme Court has scheduled elections for Punjab, he is prepared for simultaneous elections.

Asad Umar, the secretary general of the PTI, stated that the PDM-led government’s objectives towards the negotiations are not positive in a conversation with journalists in Karachi.

The Supreme Court has also urged the political groups to discuss and find a resolution to the current political crisis. The negotiations are being held to end a deadlock over the date of general elections across the nation, which has fueled political tensions in the country.

The highest court had earlier ordered the political parties to choose an election date by April 26; however, no decision had been taken by that date. The supreme court stated in the hearing on April 25 that it cannot compel parties to engage in negotiations.

Speaking on media, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif referred to the ousted prime minister as a “confused person” who frequently reverses course.

He said, “I believe, we should not be negotiating with a person like this,” and urged the Supreme Court to put an end to its “infighting” rather than requesting negotiations from political parties.