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Prime Minister Pak Shahbaz Sharif says he’s ready to talk to Imran Khan but also calls it ‘fraud’

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Shahbaz Sharif said that Imran Khan is a very self-centered person who only cares about his personal interests.

Islamabad:

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday offered the olive branch to his predecessor Imran Khan, saying he was ready to put aside his differences for the good of Pakistan.

“A hundred steps can be done for Pakistan. All differences can be put aside,” Sharif told a news conference here. He said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had recently met President Arif Alvi, who belonged to Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party of Khan, with his permission.

Alvi’s meeting with Dar was dubbed by the media as part of the ruling coalition’s efforts to create a channel of communication with the former prime minister.

“We will take 100 steps forward for the stability of the country. But it takes two to tango. We have to make sacrifices when nations are faced with such a situation [as we are in]“, said Shahbaz Sharif.

His offer for talks came after the PTI again threatened to dissolve the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa if the date of general elections was not announced by December 20.

But while offering talks, the prime minister also lambasted Khan as “self-centered” and a “fraud”.

“I want to tell people that this person (Khan) is a fraud having nothing to do with the future of the nation,” Sharif said.

“He [Khan] is a very self-centered person who only cares about his personal interests and he can stoop to any level for his personal interests,” he added.

He also spoke of the apology from the British publication Daily Mail, calling it a vindication of Pakistan’s 220 million people “who also thwarted an anti-state plot hatched by Imran Khan and his cronies”.

“Finally, after three years, they (Daily Mail) issued an apology, not just to me but to all of you. It was an apology to 220 million Pakistanis and millions of those mothers and children who were benefiting from the projects of the DFID to support their food and health,” Sharif said.

He clarified that the DFID project amount of £600 million was spent transparently and that the claims were also contradicted by DFID itself.

The prime minister also mocked Khan saying that an article in the Financial Times newspaper accused him (Khan) of spending donations collected for Shaukat Khanum Hospital on his politics.

He said Khan committed the “cheapest act” when he sold a specially designed watch, containing the image of Holy Kaaba, given to him by the Saudi crown prince.

Sharif added that the federal government inherited a fragile economy and had to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with a request for assistance as the international lender was not ready to trust Pakistan.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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