Sanaullah: PML-N ready for talks with PTI minus May 9 leadership

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Sanaullah: PML-N ready for talks with PTI minus May 9 leadership. A major development has taken place on Thursday with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Rana Sanaullah saying that his party was prepared to hold talks with those leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PTI) who were not involved in the riots of May 9 regarding economic recovery of the country.  

During an interaction with journalists in Lahore on the eve of Pakistan’s general elections, PML-N Chairman Mohammad Asif made these remarks about the country’s future.

In the aftermath of Imran Khan’s arrest by the federal authorities in connection with the £190 million settlement case, the May 9 riots were triggered almost across the entire nation. As a result of their involvement in violence against military installations and their attacks on PTI workers and senior leaders, hundreds of PTI members and leaders have been arrested.

It would be fair to say that the miscreants involved in the protests targeted both civil and military installations during the protests, which included Jinnah House and the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. There has been a lot of controversy over the military taking the decision to prosecute protesters under the Army Act on May 9.

PTI has also announced that it will be creating a “political engagement committee” with the aim of reaching out to rival parties ahead of the upcoming general election, which is a rare move.

According to the party announcement shared on its official X account, formerly known as Twitter, the party notification includes Senator Ali Zafar, Senator Dr Humayun Mohmand, Ali Muhammad Khan, Ali Asghar Khan and Raoof Hasan, as members of the five-member committee.

There will be a vote on the next prime minister by the people

As Sanaullah said in a recent interview with journalists, leading Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has the right to obstruct the path of “the next prime minister of Lahore” and allow the appointment of a premier from Larkana instead.

There was a statement by the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz that the people would determine the next prime minister and hoped that their choice would be accepted by all of the people.

A scathing verbal confrontation between the PPP and the PML-N – two former allies in the previous coalition government led by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – intensified as a result of the announcement by the Pakistan Election Commission of February 8, 2024, in which the PPP and the PML-N intensified their verbal confrontation.

As the PDM-led coalition government came to an end in August, the romance between the two former allies dissipated, and the PPP and PML-N locked horns over election-related issues following the end of the PDM-led coalition government.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari led the PPP in September when he blamed the PML-N for the lack of a level-playing field, which he felt had been denied to him. Taking a subtle shot at the PML-N here, he made a subtle jibe at them, stating that it is “really weird” that certain parties were able to learn the election date so early in the campaign.

In a recent interview with the press, Zardari expressed his hope that his son Bilawal, who will be taking part in the country’s general elections in February next year, would be victorious with the rising of February 8’s sun.

It is hoped that the next prime minister of the country will not be hailing from Lahore – the stronghold of the Pakistan Peoples Liberation Army (PML-N).

As a retort to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s return to the country since his four-year self-imposed exile in London ended on October 21, Zardari on Tuesday insisted that he was not leaving the country as he was bound by his employees to stay in Pakistan.

Zardari further explained, “When I look at my worker in the eye, what will I say to him?” he asked. Furthermore, he went on to add that his party does its own politics regardless of what is going on with other parties.

As a result, the PML-N and MQM-P decided to come together in order to give the PPP a hard time in Sindh by contesting the upcoming general elections together as a coalition.

According to the PML-N leader, in an interview with the media, Nawaz Sharif will be able to contest the upcoming general elections and by-elections without any legal barrier.

In answer to a question, the former security chief said that the PML-N supremo will soon meet with the top leaders of various political parties, including Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the president of the PML-Q party, for several meetings. The party president, Shehbaz Sharif, has been assured by him that he will remain as such.

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