ISLAMABAD - The 12th round of talks between government and PTI teams concluded here on Monday night with Senator Ishaq Dar saying that agreement is reached on almost all points and they would come up with response on a couple of contentious issues after consulting the party leadership.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) team head Shah Mehmood Qureshi said they have given their final list of demands and now it would be up to the government how they respond.

On the other hand, after a break of a couple of days, government negotiators met with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leaders with both sides engaged in meaningful negotiations to narrow down their differences. Ahsan Iqbal and Lt-Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch represented government side while Raheeq Abbassi and Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali were in attendance from PAT.

In a brief chat with media after the meeting both Ahsan Iqbal said that due to heavy rains and floods they could not meet with PAT leaders for last couple of days, adding that they had meaningful discussion with PAT team and it was decided that they would meet again today (Tuesday). Raheeq Abbassi said they were progressing in right direction and both sides wanted to resolve the issue through negotiations.

In talks with PTI, after a marathon session in the afternoon stretching well over three hours, the two sides met again at the residence of PTI central leader Jahangir Khan Tareen at night. The PTI side gave its final set of demands to government team.

Talking to media after the meeting, Ishaq Dar said they had reached consensus on all the points, except few points where they have divergent point of view. He said one demand of PTI was not negotiable while on couple of other points they would come up with reply after consultation with the party leadership and getting its final word.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said they have given their final set of demands and now ball was in government’s court, adding that from their side the negotiations are concluded.

Sources informed The Nation that PTI side had shown conditional flexibility on the resignation demand of the prime minister and wanted the constitution of Judicial Commission through an Ordinance with mandatory powers to conduct rigging investigation in the constituencies to be pointed out by the PTI.

The government side had objection over the constitution of supervisory council and curtailing of PM’s powers during the investigation period. Sources said that government also had objections over the audit of the constituencies of PTI’s choice and procedure to be adopted in this connection.

They said the government besides having objection over the supervisory role of a council to make prime minister ineffective during the course of investigation, was against the mandatory formation of joint investigation team (JTI) to assist the proposed Judicial Commission. Government sources said they wanted investigation into election rigging charges as a whole in an organised fashion, and wanted the commission to determine if PML-N, judiciary or any other party or institution was involved in engineering of the whole elections.

Sources with access to both government and PTI said the negotiations did not end on a positive note – if it could not be dubbed as ‘negative’, it also can’t be seen as producing some major breakthrough as both sides had struck to their stand on contentious issues.

Earlier in the day taking to media persons, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) head Sirajul Haq said that political Jirga had played a successful role in resuming the talks between the government and protesting parties. He said they were gradually moving forward and the side which would show more flexibility would get more ‘marks’ from the nation. “We are hopeful and pray that the three sides succeed” in reaching some agreement, he said. There should be face saving for all in the eventual deal, he opined.

Former federal interior minister Rehman Malik stressed that all the sides needed to demonstrate patience and give sacrifice. “We should think beyond our political interests,” he said. Malik said that government has made some progress regarding demands of PTI.