ISPR refutes report about ‘soft intervention’ by establishment amid deepening political, economic crisis

— Dr Alvi urges state institutions, media to help set up a govt truly represents people of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Director-General of the ISPR Maj-General Babar Iftikhar has refuted a media report that suggested that the establishment is considering a “soft intervention” under which it may mediate between PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the coalition parties — comprising PML-N, PPP, JUI-F, and others as political and economic crises grip Pakistan.

The report by a publication said that there are chances of a “grand dialogue” between the Opposition and the government with the intervention of the establishment.

The report comes as the Pakistani rupee continues its downward trend against the US dollar and the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) also witnessing constant plunges in recent sessions — both markets recording historic lows.

Not only this, but there has also been persistent political instability since Khan’s ouster from power as political parties keep approaching courts over political problems and the Punjab government has also remained a matter of contention — given that Hamza took oath twice as chief minister in nearly four months. Hamza Shahbaz took oath twice as chief minister in this period but with his appointment challenged time and again in the courts, the matter has now gone to him being appointed a trustee chief minister until Monday.

The situation has given way to the likelihood for the next general elections to take place soon, with the sources putting the time frame at October.

‘Khan ready for negotiations’

Senior journalist Suhail Warraich told Geo News that he met the ousted prime minister and that “Khan is ready for negotiations” with the coalition government on three issues: elections and election reforms, the economic agenda and the appointment of the army chief.

The journalist said that there are chances that Khan will write a letter to President Arif Alvi and he might help in holding negotiations between the PTI and the government.

“Everyone believes that the political parties should resolve their issues amicably,” the journalist said.

Alvi urges state institutions, media to play role to bring people’s govt 

Soon afterwards, President Dr Alvi emphasised that state institutions and the media should help create an environment to set up a government that truly represents the people of Pakistan.
Speaking during the fifth Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) Business Excellence Awards Ceremony, the president elaborated: “Such a government will reflect people’s aspirations and hopes to ensure political and economic stability needed for promoting business, trade, and investment in the country.”
During the ceremony, the president said: “Pakistan could rise within a decade if it strengthened its democracy, established a government that was truly representative of its people’s aspirations, and its leadership made the right decisions, curbed corruption, upheld justice and promoted human rights.” He said that consultative institutions, trade and investment, and passion were the key ingredients for any nation to become prosperous.

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