Situation Unsatisfactory Amid ‘Division’ Within Institutions, Says PM’s Aide

Adviser to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Rana Sanaullah Rana Sanaullah Khan addressing a press briefing in the Faisalabad on January 27, 2024. — Online

Sanaullah responds to PTI founder’s consent for discussions with govt.PM’s aide says “PTI’s mentality is evident” from their previous remarks. Politician urges government-PTI discussions to be without conditions.Emphasizing the “division” within institutions, Adviser to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Rana Sanaullah has stated that the current political climate in the country is not “satisfactory”.Speaking on Geo News programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath” on Tuesday, the PM’s aide attributed the ongoing situation to jailed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan’s confrontational politics.The comments were made in reaction to PTI Chairman Gohar Khan‘s statement that the party founder had agreed to engage in discussions with the government to ensure political stability in the country.“[PML-N President] Nawaz Sharif also mentioned that everyone should come together [for dialogue]. Conflicts and clashes occur as it happened to us as well,” he said, adding that the PTI worked “very diligently” to create the current situation.Sanaullah insisted the situation would have improved had the PTI not disbanded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab assemblies last year.“Would the situation be similar, if the May 9 events hadn’t transpired?”The politician mentioned that the PTI was planning another May 9-like violent protest, akin to the uprising seen in the country following the arrest of Khan from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) premises in a corruption case last year.Enraged crowds rioted and damaged private and public assets, including military facilities, after Khan was detained by law enforcement agencies.”PTI’s mentality is evident,” he remarked.Sanaullah mentioned that if the former ruling party discussed the release of its founder, charges against him, or their mandate, then “there must be a specific way to address it”.”If they genuinely want to engage in discussions, they wouldn’t be planning another May 9-type scenario,” he added.The PM’s aide subsequently called for the government-PTI discussions to be without conditions, stating that dialogue is fundamental to the parliamentary democratic framework.He added that the ruling party could never reject engaging in dialogue if PTI puts forth a proposition.The detained ex-premier agreed to hold discussions with the government, putting an end to months of hostility towards political opponents, earlier in the day.

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