Imran Khan says his offer for talks ‘misread’

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan retracted his talks offer to the coalition government in the Centre, saying his message was misunderstood and it [talks] could not happen. 

In his video-link address to his party’s parliamentary members from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, he said, “I tried to explain to them [coalition government in Centre] yesterday but a wrong message was conveyed.

“They misunderstood my message. What will we talk to them about? It cannot happen,” Khan clarified.

“What was their purpose of assuming charge of the government? To have their theft forgiven! General Musharraf gave them an NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance],” the PTI chief reiterated.

For certain reasons, Imran Khan cancelled his Peshawar visit and addressed the PTI parliamentarians from his Zaman Park, Lahore residence, through video-link. He announced that the Punjab and KP assemblies would be dissolved in December. “We will dissolve the provincial assemblies this month and move towards elections. Our members should prepare themselves for polls. We will soon announce the dissolution of the assemblies,” he said. The former premier said elections were crucial for the country, and not his party [PTI]. Even “if there is a delay in polls, it will benefit the PTI”, he added.

About the coalition partner of the PTI in Punjab and Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PMLQ)) leader, Imran Khan said Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi had given him the authority to dissolve the assembly. He said the coalition government in the Centre was trying to delay the elections in fear of a defeat, and regretted that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was towing the federal government’s line.

“The facilitators, who brought them don’t know where the country is heading. It is my prediction that they [incumbent rulers] will flee the country after pushing the country to the brink of destruction. The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders will leave the country and go abroad,” he claimed.

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