LAHORE: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday that the government was ready to resume meaningful and unconditional dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had given him a go-ahead to resume the talks, he said while addressing a press conference here.
Dar said, “We want to start the dialogue without any delay, but we will not compromise on principles. The talks should be conducted within the framework of the Constitution.”
“We are contacting the PTI leadership for starting the dialogue,” he added.
Welcoming the PTI’s decision to resume talks, Dar said there was no impediment in this regard as PTI chief Imran Khan had backed out from the unconstitutional and illegal demand for the resignation of Prime Minister or for going on a one-month leave.
The dialogue process, he said, was not halted by the government, rather the talks were cancelled by the PTI.
He said all the political parties would be taken into confidence on the outcome of talks.
Ishaq Dar said both the sides would have to accept the decision of judicial commission.
He, however, said Imran Khan’s refusal to join assemblies after formation of the judicial commission was incomprehensible.
Reiterating that no unconstitutional or illegal demand should be made, Dar said that it was the commission’s prerogative to ask for help from anyone, whether they are intelligence officials or journalists.
He said the PTI should attend the meetings of parliamentary electoral reforms committee.
Dar said that Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal would accompany him during the talks with the PTI.
Dispelling the impression of setting pre-conditions by the government for resuming talks, the finance minister `requested’ the PTI chief to call off his shut-down protests in Karachi and Lahore.