Kaira stresses unconditional talks with PTI

Adviser to Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said unconditional dialogue was the only option to address all political issues and reach a consensus on all outstanding matters.

“We are ready to talk to them [PTI leadership] on their demands but unconditionally. Consensus should be acceptable for all democratic forces in the country for strengthening of democracy and the supremacy of law and constitution,” he told a news conference.

Kaira said, "We never denied holding of dialogue with them but they have to justify their demands as here is a constitution and democratic institutions, which should be respected and obeyed.”

He said there should be no deadlock in political dialogue because it’s a negative thing in a democratic system and all political issues could be resolved through dialogue and discussions.

“Deadlocks in dialogue create problems while discussions pave the way for positive outcomes.”

He suggested that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership should avoid issuing controversial statements which may harm peace and stability of the country.

“Unfortunately, PTI leaders have been issuing irresponsible statements soon after the firing incident, which should be avoided.”

Kaira said changing the government was purely an undemocratic and unconstitutional demand of the PTI. He said, "We are a strong believer in peaceful dialogue with political parties."

Unlike PTI leadership, the government’s representatives never issued any irresponsible statements and they only responded to their charges in a polite manner, he added.

Replying to a question, the PM’s aide said, “We want to make the country’s political atmosphere a pleasant and calm one. Our enemies are taking advantage of the situation to destabilize our country.”

To another question, he said, “I will request the prime minister and my party leadership to visit Imran Khan to inquire after his health."

He said that the leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) faced similar attacks and even lost their lives but "we never exploited the situation and stimulated the public for wrongdoing. I request PTI leadership to play a responsible role to ensure peace in the country and foil the nefarious designs of Pakistan’s enemies”.

He said that the entire nation was shocked over the tragic firing incident. He prayed to the Allah Almighty for the early recovery of the PTI chairman and other injured persons.

He expressed the hope that the Punjab government would properly investigate the matter as the attacker was in their custody along with the weapon while they had footage and other material to probe the matter.

He, however, said that rather than focusing on the investigation, the PTI leadership was trying to involve those personalities who had nothing to do with the incident.

He asked the PTI leadership to avoid making such wrong charges without having facts. He wondered how PTI leaders could blame the federal government; if this was a matter of negligence then the Punjab government should be held accountable for not making proper security arrangements for the PTI long march.

They should blame the Punjab government as the chief minister of Punjab, who is the administrative head of the province, failed to issue any statement on the matter, Kaira added.

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