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No fresh mandate, no dialogue: PTI

Fawad says coalition govt will be sent packing in few weeks as a nationwide movement has commenced

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice President Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday again criticised the incumbent government’s policies and termed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s idea of a ‘charter of the economy’ a “foolish” one.

The former information minister took a jibe at Shehbaz and said that “the refusal of the head of the imported government to hold elections is a reflection of his desire to cling to power at all costs”.

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“This charter economy is a silly idea. Political parties only join heads to develop a political framework. Having a unanimous economic framework is only found in communist systems,” he wrote on Twitter.

He added that “no sane person” could support the “disastrous economic policies of the crime [prime] minister’s government”.

Referring to PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s power show in Lahore on the eve of August 14, Fawad wrote, “Last night, millions of people who participated in [PTI’s] Lahore Jalsa declared that the realisation of the dream of freedom was incomplete until real freedom was achieved.”

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“The nationwide movement has already started. Insha Allah, this government is a guest for a few more weeks,” he said.

In another tweet in Urdu, Fawad said it was necessary to have a mandate for a national dialogue, and added that a mandate could not be obtained without announcement of fresh elections.

A day ago, PM Shehbaz Sharif, in a televised address to the nation, had said that there was no concept of a country’s independence without economic self-reliance.

The premier reiterated his call for the formation of a “charter of the economy”, saying that the time had come for Pakistan to head in the right direction.

Being opposition leader in the National Assembly, Shehbaz said he had offered the charter of economy and added “today, as prime minister of Pakistan, I am once again offering the opposition to discuss the charter”.

“We should keep national interest above personal interest […] as real political leadership does not look towards the next elections, but at the future of the next generation,” he had said.

“Most importantly, we will need to revive the passion that led to the creation of Pakistan,” he said, noting that this passion would lead to the establishment of a great nation.

The premier’s proposal came a day after President Dr Arif Alvi offered his offices to broker some dialogue between the prime minister and the PTI chief.

The president had called upon the country’s political leadership to lower rhetoric and adopt the policy of reconciliation, feeling that the country was drifting away from achieving its real objectives because of self-created political and economic crises.



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