Political impasse: Government, PTI talks conclude

Updated 25 Aug 2016

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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) general secretary Jehangir Tareen. — File photo
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) general secretary Jehangir Tareen. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Another round of talks between the government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) concluded in the federal capital on Monday, DawnNews reported.

PTI’s negotiating team included vice president Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Jehangir Tareen whereas the government’s team included Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid.

The meeting took place at Tareen's residence.

Following the meeting, government negotiators rushed away without speaking to media representatives.

However, Qureshi told reporters that some progress had been made between the two sides but disagreement still pertained on two core issues.

He furthermore told reporters that the conduct of PTI in the negotiations is very much positive, adding that they want to end the deadlock.

He said the PTI had shown demonstrated flexibility in the Islamabad protests and added that they wanted to strengthen democracy, even more than before.

Today's meeting came a day after the negotiating teams met yesterday and claimed that “progress had been made” but admitted that there were still certain “core issues” that needed to be resolved.

Speaking to Dawn yesterday, Qureshi had said there were three core issues on which the deadlock between the government and the PTI remained. When asked what these three issues were, Qureshi refused to name them.

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