ISLAMABAD - Despite clear-cut 'no' to dialogue by both Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek, the government has devised a strategy to engage both these parties into negotiations for which, two committees comprising leaders from various political parties would be constituted, to separately contact Imran and Qadri.
After a marathon sessions of the PML-N leadership - held in Lahore and Islamabad - the core committee of the ruling PML-N decided to engage PTI and PAT into dialogue to resolve the issue amicably with a win-win situation for all the stakeholders.
The final meeting in this connection was held here at the PM House under the chair of Premier Nawaz Sharif. Key federal ministers and chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sahrif attended the meeting.
By the time, the tension at the political horizon had already diluted with the stepping back of Imran from his threat to barge into the Red Zone with his activists, but the PM insisted to continue with the dialogue with the protesting party leaders.
Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed that the participants were unanimous of the view that no resignations would be tendered and the demands of PTI and PAT would be met remaining within the parameters of the constitution.
The sources said that the backdoor consultations and proposals of various political leaders including Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah, Jamaat-I-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain, Governors Sindh and Punjab were examined threadbare and in the light of these proposals the parameters for the dialogue with these parties were framed.
The meeting also praised the role PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari had played in resolving the issue and his suggestions and proposals were also taken into consideration while framing the dialogue strategy.
According to the sources, the committee, which would contact PAT, would include Governor Punjab Ch. Sarwar, Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ibaad and other MQM leaders while some religious scholars from Braelvi school of thought including Moulana Anis Noorani would engage him in the negotiation.
The other team to contact PTI would mainly comprise Kh. Saad Rafique, Syed Khursheed Shah and Sirajul Haq. Of course the behind-the-scene role of Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan would be there to push the negotiations process forward with PTI, which is still adamant to sit across the table to talk with ruling PML-N, a source in the government informed.
In another development, the sources informed that Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar left for Dubai to meet Zardari who had played a very active and vibrant role in resolving the standoff between government and protesting PTI and PAT.
RAIWIND MEETING DECIDES TO HOLD TALKS
Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: A consultative meeting of the PML-N held here on Sunday at Raiwind decided to hold dialogue with PTI and PAT leadership through mediators.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting which was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Saad Rafique and federal ministers.
The meeting decided to start negotiations with Imran Khan and Dr Qadri through JI chief Sirajul Haq, Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar and Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad. It was also decided to speed up the process of consultation with other opposition parties to resolve the crisis. The participants also expressed their firm resolve not to accept any unconstitutional demand of the two parties holding sit-ins in the capital. Matters relating to establishment of judicial commission to probe the allegations of rigging in 2013 elections came under discussion.
Nawaz Sharif reportedly expressed his satisfaction that all pro-democracy forces were unanimous on the point that present democratic order should not be derailed.
Later, after the meeting, Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar contacted PTI leader and Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Mehmoodur Rashid and conveyed a message of the prime minister for PTI Chairman Imran Khan inviting him for dialogue. Sarwar told him that the government was ready to discuss all PTI demands except those relating to resignations of the prime minister and the chief minister.