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Dialogue, Preconditions Can’t go Hand in Hand, Says PML-N

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday expressed willingness to go into talks with Imran Khan-led PTI without any precondition to stem political turmoil in the country.

The decision was made at a party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif a day after Mr Khan invited the coalition government for talks to discuss election date in the country.

Mr Khan on Friday gave ultimatum to the government to either hold talks and give a date for fresh elections or the PTI would dissolve the provincial assemblies in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sources quoted the participants in the PML-N meeting as having said that the talks could be held with PTI if Mr Khan was serious for it. Holding negotiations was a positive gesture, but there should not be any precondition, they said, adding that the government also sought an end to the political deadlock in the country.

Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said the PTI chairman had always indulged his opponents in fake cases, but never responded to the “illegalities” he himself committed.