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Imran Khan forms negotiating body for election talks with government: report

Several lawmakers and members of the PTI left the party following the riots. (To file)


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), on the instruction of party leader Imran Khan, has formed a seven-member negotiating committee for talks with the incumbent government on the elections, Pakistan-based ARY News reported.

The party (PTI), while taking to Twitter, said the seven-member committee, which will be headed by Shah Mahmood Qureshi, will decide on the course of action with the government regarding the elections.

The committee includes party deputy chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pervez Khattak, Asad Qaiser, Hammad Azhar, Haleem Adil Sheikh, Murad Saeed and Aon Abbas Buppi.

The development came after the PTI suffered severe blows when prominent leaders Fawad Chaudhry, Shireen Mazari and Maleeka Bokhari announced their departure from the party.

Legislators and members of the PTI have, following the violence of May 9, separated from the party. During the violence, military installations including the headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and the Corps Commander House Lahore were attacked after the arrest of party chairman Imran Khan.

The Express Tribune reported that problems continue to escalate for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as the former ruling party finds itself trapped in financial difficulties, leaving its employees without pay and facing the predicament of bad checks.

Following the resignation of key PTI officials, the party’s financial structure suffered a severe blow. According to party leaders, employees of the nine regional and district offices of the PTI across the country are not receiving their salaries, Express News reported.

Due to the exodus of central party leaders, not a single check has been wiped from party accounts in the past 17 days, The Express Tribune reported.

According to party sources, hundreds of staff who run 15 PTI sub-wings are deeply concerned. The party’s think tank has also become ineffective, while more than USD 500,000 earmarked for the martyrs’ fund cannot be disbursed either.

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