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The election issue rocked Pakistani politics as Imran Khan demanded snap polls when he was ousted from power in April last year.  (Credits: AFP File)

The election issue rocked Pakistani politics as Imran Khan demanded snap polls when he was ousted from power in April last year. (Credits: AFP File)

The talks were taking place against the backdrop of the controversy with Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf: seeking snap elections – particularly in Punjab

The crucial third round of talks between Pakistan’s coalition government and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistani party began on Tuesday evening to end a stalemate over the timing of provincial and federal elections, an issue that has rocked the country policy.

The talks were taking place against the backdrop of the controversy with Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf: the search for early polls – particularly in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where assemblies were dissolved in January – and the government now that provincial elections and federal events across the country are held on the same day in October.

The talks which were being held in Parliament were due to start at 11.00am today but were postponed until 9.00pm. As the two sides announced last week, they would discuss each other’s proposals to break the deadlock over the elections.

The government side included Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Azam Nazeer Tarar and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and they are joined by Yusuf Raza Gilani and Syed Naveed Qamar of the Pakistan People’s Party and d other parties. in the coalition government.

The PTI, which is the main opposition party, sent its Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry and Senator Ali Zafar for talks.

Both sides seemed optimistic ahead of the talks. Qureshi, who heads the PTI, said his team was attending the talks to find a solution to the political issues.

“We came with the expectation that our proposal will be taken seriously,” he said, without giving details of the proposals.

Tarar representing the government side said the official delegation was serious about the talks. “We want all the decisions to be made at the meeting,” he said.

Earlier, Imran Khan said the government should dissolve all assemblies by May 14 to pave the way for nationwide elections to be held on the same date. However, the government is not ready to dissolve the assemblies.

The first round of talks took place on April 27 and lasted two hours and the rivals decided to meet again after consulting their party leaders.

This was followed by the second round on April 28, when two sessions were held and at the end, Dar said each side tabled two proposals, which would be presented to the respective leaders.

The election issue rocked Pakistani politics as Imran Khan demanded snap polls when he was ousted from power in April last year.

As he failed to achieve his goal through protest, Khan dissolved the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa where his party was in power.

According to the law, elections must take place within 90 days of the dissolution of an assembly.

However, the government has used stalling tactics citing a lack of funds and a rise in terrorism to set a date for polls in both provinces while pushing the rhetoric that provincial and federal elections should be held on the same day in the country after completion. of the mandate of the National Assembly in August.

The issue was then heard by the Supreme Court which ordered elections in Punjab to be held on May 14 and the government should provide 21 billion rupees to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He had set April 27 as the deadline for the funds to be made available.

The government did not provide the funds and openly announced that it would defy the order to hold the elections on May 14.

The talks began when the Supreme Court indicated that it was ready to show flexibility on the date of the elections if the political parties agreed on a consensus to hold provincial and federal elections throughout the country on the same date. .

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(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed)

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