A day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offered archrivals PTI to sit down for talks amid an intensifying political crisis, former premier Imran Khan has said that he is willing to talk to ‘anyone’ for the country.
On Wednesday, the PML-N president asked for all political forces to sit down for talks to rid the country of the political and economic crises.
Speaking at a meeting, he had lamented that the PTI didn’t turn up for talks on at least two occasions in the past.
He was quoted as saying that though politicians are always open to talks, the former ruling party had a history of not responding positively to such offers.
Today (Thursday) as well, Shehbaz asked the political leadership to forge unity in their ranks in order to jointly resolve the issues facing the country.
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Shehbaz termed it an irony that the crisis prevails as the Senate observes golden jubilee celebrations.
In an apparent response to the offer, Imran Khan said in a tweet that he is willing to talk to ‘anyone’ and take every step in the direction.
According to the PTI chairman, he is willing to go to such lengths for the sake of the country’s progress, interests, and democracy.
پاکستان کی ترقی، مفادات اور جمہوریت کیلئے میں کسی قربانی سے گریز نہیں کروں گا، اس ضمن میں، میں کسی سے بھی بات کرنے کیلئے تیار ہوں اور اس جانب میں ہر قدم اٹھانے کیلئے تیار ہوں
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 16, 2023
In his address on the floor of the Parliament today, the premier expressed fears some forces were at work to make a final push to wrap up the country’s system.
He observed that there’s a total defiance in Pakistan at present. “I’ve seen difficult times in the country, but never like the current circumstances.”
“The efforts seem to be aimed at bringing the system of the country to a total collapse,” he added.
On the occasion, he also assured lawmakers that negotiations with International Monetary Fund were nearing their conclusion.
Pakistan is facing its worst political crisis, with the IMF deal set to bring some ease on the economic front.
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