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PML-N and PPP Urge PTI to Embrace Dialogue Over Protests

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The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have reached out to the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), urging them to abandon street protests and engage in political dialogue with the government.

Acting President Yousuf Raza Gilani and Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal have both stressed the government’s willingness to engage in talks, but have emphasized that it’s crucial for the PTI to decide with whom they wish to negotiate.

Speaking separately to the media, Gilani reiterated the government’s openness to meaningful talks but noted the PTI’s apparent preference for engaging with other parties. He emphasized the need for all political leaders to come together, especially during a time of instability in the country.

Gilani recalled the PPP’s history of willingness to engage in political talks, even during their time in opposition under the PTI-led government. He also reaffirmed the PPP’s support for the current government and stated that internal consultations are ongoing regarding potential involvement in the cabinet.

Meanwhile, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal highlighted that the government’s doors are open to all parties for purposeful negotiations, urging the PTI to focus on serving the people in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) province where they are in power rather than resorting to street protests.

Iqbal criticized the PTI’s approach of resorting to the courts after being defeated in politics, emphasizing the need for positive and meaningful negotiations with a constructive agenda.

Furthermore, he emphasized the government’s commitment to steering the country’s economy in the right direction, citing positive indicators such as the stock market index’s performance and the government’s efforts in providing digital platforms and opportunities for the youth.

In summary, the PML-N and PPP have extended an invitation to the PTI to prioritize dialogue over protests, emphasizing the need for constructive engagement and a positive agenda for the benefit of the nation.

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