Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Says Government Ready To Discuss National Issues With Opposition

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the government is ready to discuss national issues with the opposition in parliament, but ruled out the possibility of talks on accountability. The foreign minister’s remarks came a day after Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman rejected a call for national dialogue.

Talking to media at Parliament House on Friday, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had repeatedly made it clear that no National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) would be issued to corrupt elements.However, the foreign minister said the government was made up of political people who believed in political action and dialogue.

Qureshi said the PDM leadership was meeting in Lahore today, but differences had already emerged among the coalition parties.He added that the PPP’s Central Executive Committee had decided that it would run in the next by-elections and the Senate elections, and claimed that it would not resign from the assemblies.He also said that PPP has not decided any date for the long march.

Citing suspicions in the PDM, Qureshi said the coalition had decided that its MPs would send their resignations to Maulana Fazlur Rehman by December 31, but Bilawal opposed the move, arguing that the resignations Send to party leaders. The minister said the move “shows a lack of trust in the coalition”.

A day earlier, PML-F leader Muhammad Ali Durrani met the JUI-F chief and offered a grand national dialogue.During the meeting, Durrani suggested to the JUI-F chief to start talks with the government.However, the PDM chief rejected the offer, saying no talks could be held with the “incompetent and unelected” government.Meanwhile, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has also advised the government and the opposition to negotiate in the interests of the country.

Updated: January 1, 2021 — 4:44 pm

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