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Imran Khan ready to break the ice, calls for dialogue

PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan calls for opening doors of dialogue
PTI leader Barrister Gohar Khan talks to the media as he arrives to attend a hearing at the Islamabad High Court on August 9, 2023. AFP
PTI leader Barrister Gohar Khan talks to the media as he arrives to attend a hearing at the Islamabad High Court on August 9, 2023. AFP

Incarcerated former prime minister Imran Khan has expressed his readiness to forgive the events that have transpired and called for moving forward through dialogue.

“Imran Khan has said that he is willing to forgive and the path of dialogue should be opened,” PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan told reporters outside the Adiala Jail on Tuesday.

But the party chairman explicitly did not mention whether the three major political parties – PPP, PML-N, and MQM-P – would be approached as the PTI claims that such parties are the “beneficiaries of the stolen mandate”.

The former ruling party has long maintained that it would hold talks with the establishment as the power lies there.

When journalist Munizae Jahangir told PTI spokesperson Rauf Hasan that the PTI was looking at the judiciary while pinning hope on another institution and closing the doors on political parties, the latter said: “We have hope from the judiciary and we want to talk to the establishment.”

The PTI chairman further revealed that the party would initiate talks by reaching out to Mahmood Khan Achakzai, the Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party chairman. “We will start the dialogue process by talking to Mahmood Khan Achakzai. Dialogue is PTI’s own decision, but we will take other opposition parties, including the PMAP alliance, into confidence,” Gohar said.

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He emphasised that dialogue was the “only option” and PTI has never rejected it. “The ice is breaking and we want the situation to improve. Our offer of dialogue should not be interpreted as a deal.”

The PTI chairman also clarified that Khan had not written any letter to the Supreme Court regarding the dialogue, but the PTI would respond to the court’s option for negotiations.

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