‘Let’s sit and talk’: Pakistan PM Shahbaz offers reconciliation with Imran Khan

Islamabad. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday offered a peace offer to his predecessor and political rival Imran Khan, saying he could hold talks with him if he was facing “trouble” in jail. Khan, the founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, has been in jail since August last year after being convicted in some of the nearly 200 cases registered against him since the party was ousted from power in April 2022. “If his (PTI’s) founder is facing trouble (in jail), I repeat: let’s sit and talk,” Sharif said while addressing the National Assembly.

He said, “Let us sit together to take the country forward. Let us talk for the betterment of the country. There is no other way to move forward.” The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led by Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of cricketer-turned-politician Khan (71) have been at loggerheads for several years, especially after the February 8 elections which Khan’s party claims it won. Commenting on the 2018 election won by Khan’s PTI, Sharif said, “We joined Parliament despite (rigged) elections. The slogans raised during my maiden speech will always be remembered as a black chapter in the history books.”

“If injustice is done to anybody, I believe the scales of justice should tilt in favour of the victim, there is no difference – whether it is a politician or a person from any field,” Geo News quoted Sharif as saying. Sharif (72) lamented that when he was in the opposition, he had once again proposed talks with Khan but such slogans were raised again. “So who is responsible for this bitterness (among leaders)? We don’t even shake hands now.

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