Pakistan’s Defense Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Friday said the government was ready for a comprehensive dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for the sake of the country’s prosperity and national interest.
Minister Asif said, the government is committed to continuing negotiating with the opposition party, however, transactional dialogue is not an option, as nothing would come out of it.
Addressing a news conference, with the foreign media, the Defense Minister briefed the foreign correspondents on the so-called PTI narrative and subversions of the constitution.
Khawaja Asif said, “We assumed this government almost a year back. We are completing one year in power as a result of the successful vote of no confidence against the then government.”
It is reported that Shireen Mazari, Former Minister of Human Rights of Pakistan has written a letter to the US raising the issue of so-called human rights violations in Pakistan. Following the dismissal of Imran Khan from power nearly a year ago, the US was accused of conspiracy against Pakistan and Imran Khan’s government.
Mr. Asif further added that nowhere in the world an accused had ever refused to appear in court, however, Imran Khan refused to appear in the courts on different pretexts such as security reasons and being victimized.
He said when the police team was sent to arrest him, the police were attacked as a result at least 80 police officers were injured. Imran Khan’s supporters pitched battle outside his residence. This has never happened in Pakistan before.
Arresting political figures accused of alleged charges is a common practice worldwide. Similarly, in Pakistan, politicians have been arrested in the past but none resisted like Imran Khan and his party members.
Currently, the coalition government is governing the country under circumstances that are pretty difficult both administratively and financially and ultimately politically as well.
Moreover, Pakistan is going throw a political crisis, the consequences of which will be severe if not resolved through dialogue and peaceful negotiations.