ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has decided to attend an emergent meeting of parliamentary leaders summoned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Peshawar today (Wednesday) following the deadly attack on a school in the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.

PTI senior leader Jahangir Tareen phoned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and confirmed that on Dar’s invitation, PTI chief Imran Khan will attend the meeting of political parties in Peshawar, said a brief statement issued by finance ministry.

Earlier, Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar, who was tasked by the prime minister to contact parliamentary leaders for the meeting, told the media that he had already initiated contacts in this regard. He said PTI chief Imran Khan was also invited to attend the meeting. The minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was already in Peshawar and had assigned him the task to contact leaders of all the political parties for an emergent meeting in Peshawar on Wednesday.

“This is a time for us to show unanimity for a national cause to root out militancy,” the minister said. To a question, he said talks with PTI had been postponed in view of this tragedy.

Talking to media after addressing the tax reforms commission meeting here on Tuesday, the minister expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of schoolchildren and staff in Peshawar. Terming the incident “a national tragedy”, he said it was high time for the nation to unite under one banner and ward off the challenges posed by the militants.

Dar said, “When we took over reins of power, economy, energy and extremism were the main problems that stared us in the face. We took reformatory steps to show the economy the right direction. The prime minister himself was leading the way forward to solve the energy issue. “It was the challenge of extremism that we have to meet now. I take this opportunity to invite all the political leaders to the conference in Peshawar tomorrow,” Dar remarked.