Rana Sana says positive response possible if Imran contacts PM.

ISLAMABAD -- Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan on Thursday said that ChairAman Pakistan Tehreek: e: Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan should directAly contact Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif if he was serious in his offer of talks to the government to end the ongoing political stalemate.

'He (Khan) should ring up the prime minister to say that he is coming to meet you,' he said, addAing that then the opposition party leader would get some positive reAsponse from the other side.

The remarks of the interior minisAter came a couple of days after forAmer prime minister Imran Khan conAstituted a seven: member committee to hold negotiations with all stakeAholders to steer the country out of the present uncertain situation.

In an interview to Voice of AmerAica (Urdu), Rana Sanaullah further said the government understood that it was not right time for talks in the wake of May 9 violence. He alleged that the PTI was involved in shameful acts of arson and vanAdalism on civil and military instalAlations. He said that the governAment was fearful that it would have to face reaction from the families of martyrs if they sat with the PTI for negotiations.

'The way they (PTI workers) have disrespectAed monuments of martyrs ... there is extreme resentment within the families of martyrs.' Responding to a question as to why politiAcians cannot sit with Khan, the minister said that the PTI chief himself was still not ready to sit with politicians and was only interested in forming committees for talks.

On the question of trying Khan in a miliAtary court, he accused that May 9 acts of viAolence were committed under the directions of the ex: premier. He said that chairman PTI should be tried under the law because he was behind the planning of this violence as many party leaders had been assigned duties in this regard in case of his arrest.

He said that some equipment, includAing laptops containing sensitive informaAtion, of...

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