LAHORE - If the ongoing negotiations between the government and the PTI fail to end the deadlock, the former has no intention to implement the five out of six points of the latter over which consensus has already been reached between the two sides, it has been learnt.

The government seems determined not to concede the sixth point about resignation of the prime minister which it says is non-negotiable. The PTI, on the other hand, has made the agreement on five consensus points subject to acceptance of its sixth demand.

The two sides have already sorted out the modalities regarding rest of the five points which include electoral reforms, audit of May 11 elections by a judicial commission, re-election under an impartial caretaker set up if rigging is proved, reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan and accountability of those found involved in rigging.

The government would put these points into practice only if the PTI signs the document dropping its demand for resignation of the prime minister.

“The PTI leadership has not yet signed the document and hence the question of unilateral acceptance of these points does not arise,” Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid told The Nation. He added that government was more than willing to implement the agreed points, but the other side would have to sign the document first.

“The decision in this regard has to be made by the PTI’s negotiation team. We are waiting for it to come and inform the government team of their decision,” he said.

Asked what the government would do to reform the electoral system in case there is no breakthrough in the negotiations, the minister said that government would implement the recommendations of parliamentary body already working on the subject.

In this case, he added, the government would go ahead irrespective of whether or not the PTI chief agrees to the proposals. Hinting at possible acceptance of resignations of the PTI parliamentarians by the National Assembly speaker in the near future, Pervaiz Rashid said that Khan’s party may not be part of the parliament when the parliamentary body comes up with its proposals to reform electoral system.

He said present parliament was under obligation to reform the electoral system because almost all political parties including the PML-N had included this subject in their election manifestoes. “Some systems regarding the previous elections exist; and if Mr Khan is not satisfied with these, his party should put forward its proposals in the next meeting of the parliamentary body.” the minister maintained.

There have been 15 rounds of talks between the government and the PTI so far to end the current imbroglio, but the deadlock persists over the issue of prime minister’s resignation. Talks with the PAT team also met a similar fate. The political jirga consisting of main opposition parties is also losing hopes of a negotiated settlement of the lingering political crisis.

The government is now pursuing a stick and carrot policy to deal with the protesters. While it is keeping the doors of negotiations open, it is also using state power to disrupt the sit-ins by putting the PTI and PAT activists behind the bar.