PTI gives 'go-ahead to Achakzai for reaching out to PML-N, PPP, MQM-P'

Imran Khan expresses full confidence in PkMAP chairman for initiating talks with govt, according to sources

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PkMAP Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai arrives before the start of the voting process by newly-elected lawmakers to appoint new PM at the Parliament House in Islamabad on March 3, 2024. — AFP

  • Opposition to "formally contact ruling parties after finalising ToRs".
  • PTI founder to "fully endorse negotiation process" led by Achakzai.
  • Achakzai to meet Fazl after Eid after consulting PTI, say insiders.

After the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief was named as negotiator, the Imran Khan-founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has now "given the go-ahead to take forward mediation process with the ruling parties", Geo News learnt on Friday.

The opposition alliance, Tehreek-e-Tahafuz Ayeen (TTAP) — formed by the former ruling party — has greenlighted the decision to initiate political talks with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

The sources added that the alliance would “formally contact the ruling parties after finalising the terms of references (ToRs)”.

Additionally, representatives of each party in the alliance would be included in the delegation. It was also learnt that Achakzai will also take Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in confidence after the Eid ul Adha festival following holding consultations with the PTI.

The well-informed insiders also confirmed that the incarcerated PTI founder would fully back the negotiation process led by Achakzai.

Earlier this week, the PTI picked Achakzai to lead the negotiations via the opposition alliance's platform.

The PkMAP chairman enjoys the full authority from the PTI to lead the talks with the government that will centre upon matters about the release of incarcerated leaders and workers, electoral transparency, and the constitutional boundaries of the judiciary, parliament and other state institutions.

The PTI's political leadership will also be part of the negotiations with the government, sources said.

PTI chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan told the media persons this week that the former prime minister wanted avenues of dialogue to be opened. He told journalists that Khan was ready to forgive what had happened to him for the sake of reconciliation.

"The PTI founder has said many times that 'I am ready to forgive what happened to me'," the PTI chairman said.

When asked if the negotiations will take place at the behest of the Supreme Court's advice, Barrister Gohar said: "The option given by the SC is also under consideration." However, he emphasised that it was PTI's "own decision" to negotiate.

"The PTI founder did not write any letter to the SC for negotiation. The PTI will also respond to its negotiation option."