Imran Khan 'Authorizes' PTI to Negotiate with Establishment and Political Parties

Imran Khan authorizes PTI to negotiate with establishment and political forces, seeking a stable political environment for Pakistan's future.

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Imran Khan Authorizes PTI to Negotiate with Establishment and Political Parties

Imran Khan Authorizes PTI to Negotiate with Establishment and Political Parties

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the green light to his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), to engage in negotiations with the establishment and other political entities. PTI leader Shibli Faraz confirmed that Khan has granted permission for these talks, but emphasized that they must strictly adhere to the Constitution and legal frameworks.

According to Faraz, Terms of Reference (TORs) will be established prior to the negotiations, serving as a guide for discussions with stakeholders including the establishment and political parties. He stressed the importance of laying the groundwork and creating a conducive environment before initiating dialogue with the government and establishment.

PTI leader Shehryar Afridi also expressed the party's willingness to engage in discussions with the military establishment. He clarified that PTI's objective is not to seek a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) for itself, but rather to negotiate for the betterment of Pakistan's future.

Why this matters: The authorization for negotiations by Imran Khan signifies a potential shift in the political landscape of Pakistan. The outcome of these talks could have far-reaching implications for the country's governance and stability.

Afridi stated that Khan is prepared to hold dialogue with the Chief of Army Staff and Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence, dismissing calls for reconciliation talks with the current government as pointless. He referred to the PMLN-led government as "rejected people" who are "controlled through a remote" and "supported by the establishment."

PTI is taking a resolute stance, firmly rooted in democratic principles, and believes that dialogue with the military leadership can lead to a more stable political environment. However, critics argue that this stance may not be fully endorsed by democratic values, as it is only the prerogative of the people to elect their governments.

Afridi asserted that around 70% of voters supported Khan and the PTI, and accused the current government of being controlled and manipulated. He stated that the PTI will only consider negotiations once the government resigns and admits they did not receive the popular vote.

The former PTI minister emphasized that Khan does not want an NRO and wants to negotiate his cases in court, as the PTI and Pakistan's security and sovereignty are inseparable. He accused the government of oppressing PTI workers and disrespecting Pakistan's mothers and sisters, and said the PTI only wants to be released through the courts.

Key Takeaways

  • Imran Khan authorizes PTI to negotiate with establishment and political entities.
  • PTI aims to establish TORs before talks, focusing on Pakistan's betterment.
  • PTI willing to engage with army chief and ISI chief, dismissing current govt.
  • PTI claims 70% voter support, demands govt resignation and new elections.
  • PTI seeks court resolution of cases, accuses govt of oppressing party workers.