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Govt decides to resume talks with PTI

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ISLAMABAD:(APS) The government on Monday decided to resume dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the decision after his meeting with the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah.

After the government’s announcement of resuming talks with the PTI, a formal contact with the party was expected to be established soon.

Earlier today, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah said Information Minister Pervez Rashid’s statement that the government would not hold talks with PTI was disappointing.

It was necessary for the PML-N led government to hold talks with PTI, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader said, adding that in the other case, the government risked weakening its own standing.

The government had ruled out on Sunday the possibility of resuming dialogue with PTI, after its chairman Imran Khan said he would shut down major cities, and then the whole country, later this month.

Addressing a crowd of thousands assembled at D-Chowk, the PTI chief had unveiled his party’s ‘Plan C’ to put pressure on the ruling government.

“On Thursday (Dec 4), I will go to Lahore and shut it down. On Dec 8 I will shut down Faisalabad; on Dec 12, I will go to Karachi and shut it down. By Dec 16, I will close down all of Pakistan,” Imran had said.

Responding to the PTI chief’s ‘Plan C’, Information Minister Pervez Rashid had said the government would not resume talks until the PTI chief gave up what he called “the politics of turmoil”.

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