Joint strategy to oust govt: PTI’s conditional offer to Nawaz League
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LAHORE, Jan 12: The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf has made a conditional offer to the PML-N for making joint efforts for the removal of the PPP government.
Party Chairman Imran Khan told the media here on Thursday his party was ready to talk to the PML-N provided its MPs resigned from the elected houses.
PTI senior vice-president Ijaz Chaudhry told Dawn the party would discuss various offers of talks and its strategy in its central executive council meeting scheduled for Saturday (tomorrow).
Mr Chaudhry said there were no two opinions and all the opposition parties would be and should be unanimous on the Option No 6 given by the Supreme Court the other day to the government for taking recourse to the electorate.
However, he said, the parties should demonstrate their sincerity with the early polls by saying goodbye to the present houses.
Earlier, speaking at a press conference and at a ceremony, where many former MPAs joined his party, Mr Khan said themasses would distribute sweets on the `political martyrdom` of the government which was just focusing on how to protect its wealth collected through `corrupt practices and plunder` Those who joined the party included ex-ministers Aleem Khan and Irshad Sethi, ex-MNA Riffat Kahloon, ex-MPAs Shoaib Siddiqui, Mansha Sandhu, Iftikhar Bhangu, Chaudhry Talib and Mian Asghar.
PTI`s central leaders Ijaz Chaudhry, Khursheed Kasuri, Jehangir Tareen, Punjab president Ahsan Rashid and Lahore vice-president Asif Bashir were also present.
Imran Khan said the government was left with only one option to come out of the present crisis: writing to Swiss courts as directed by the Supreme Court and immediately announcing an interim setup for holding transparent and fair elections.
He said the PTI would not become part of the interim government. He warned if the PPP-led coalition government attempted to assault the judiciary,the PTI along with like-minded parties would come on roads to resist the move.
Ruling out talks with the PML-N and the JUI-F without resignation by their MPs from assemblies, he alleged both Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rehman were proficient in political summersaults and could not be trusted.
He recalled that Mr Sharif had twice deceived them first by violating the defunct All-Party Democratic Movement (APDM) decision of boycotting the 2008 polls and then ending the long march without taking onboard other parties.
He said the PML-N on the one hand was declaring the present government corrupt and demanding immediate polls to get rid of the rulers and on the other it was protecting the present assemblies.
He questioned if the PML-N wanted dissolution of the present assemblies, why its MPs were not resigning from their seats.
He said all those parties that took part in the `NROed` 2008 polls were also responsible for the present situation in the country.