While negotiations were underway between the governing coalition and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the chances of an imminent breakthrough were distant, The Friday Times editor Najam Sethi said on Friday.
He made the comments in flagship Naya Daur show Khabar Say Aagay. Sethi said while low-level contacts had been initiated earlier, now talks were being conducted at the highest levels. Amid reports of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif’s impending return to the country, Sethi posited otherwise.
General elections, he said, will he held after July, 2023. The TFT editor said the Punjab and KP assemblies will not be quickly dissolved. PTI chairman Imran Khan’s entire narrative, Sethi said, had been floundering. The star journalist said a lot of this had to do with how the establishment had distanced itself from politics and was focusing now on national stability and the struggling economy. Khan, he said, must return to Parliament.
Sethi said Khan ought to brace for a rough time ahead. The judiciary, he said, will slowly start tightening the noose around his neck. This, he said, in reference to the prohibited funds case and Toshanakhana scandal Khan was involved in.
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