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President Dr. Arif Alvi asked to host the discussions between all the participants as he emphasized that the lowering of the political temperature in the country is the need of the hour, reported the television channel 24NewsHD on Thursday.
In an interview with the BBC, President Alvi said “Political parties must resolve their differences in order to move the country forward.”
The president announced that the economic situation could worsen if the dialogue process is not started.
“PDM does not seem to be very willing to negotiate,” he said and added that “This is an election year and it is up to the political parties to decide whether to hold the election early or delay it.” Only through negotiations can the parties move forward or postpone voting for several months. “
Responding to a question about corruption allegations against former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his wife, President Alvi said “Investigation into corruption allegations should be apolitical.”
Alvi stressed the need to lower the temperature of politics in order for the economy to develop. He stressed the need for the development of consensus in other matters for stability in the country. He said it is the duty of all the agencies involved to get the country out of great difficulty.
Answering the question, Dr. Arif Alvi said the government is working to get the country out of the economic crisis. He hoped that the next rounds of talks with the IMF would have positive results.
President Alvi called for talks between “all stakeholders”, including the ruling coalition government and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He said that disagreement is part of the will of the people, but it is important that everyone makes a concerted effort to save the country from economic collapse. “I don’t insist [holding talks with] PTI chief Imran Khan, but at least the political parties should hold talks, and after that, the leaders can meet them,” he said.
He pointed out that in an earlier consultation, Imran Khan expressed his satisfaction with the appointment of General Asim Munir as the head of the army. However, he said that ‘there are no ‘discussions’ between Imran Khan and the army leadership.
The president said he was personally making efforts to ease the tension between the parties and called social media “a major reason” for the rift between Imran Khan and former army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He said the undue importance paid to social media has caused disagreements and pointed out that the “decision makers” in the country have failed to properly manage social media.
President Alvi said “I have been trying to bring people together to help them overcome their distrust, and I will continue to do so. It is my constitutional responsibility to keep the federation united.”