'Serious negotiations' only with PM Shehbaz: Sanaullah.

ISLAMABAD -- Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Friday told Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that "serious negotiation" can only be held with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as the party seeks to hold talks in the aftermath of May 9.

"If you seriously want to negotiate, then the negotiations will be held only with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif," the interior minister said in a tweet.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who remained adamant about not holding talks with incumbent leaders whom he called "thieves", has now changed his stance and is willing to negotiate with the government.

For this, he had constituted a seven-member committee - comprising PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, former defence minister Pervez Khattak, former National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser, PTI Sindh President Haleem Adil Sheikh, and former ministers Murad Saeed, Hammad Azhar, and Aun Abbasi.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had recently said that Khan, while constituting a negotiation team, should form an "alternate" committee as people keep leaving his party.

And this is what happened when a day earlier when Khattak announced relinquishing charge as PTI's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa president.

The government's top ministers have ruled out holding talks with the PTI chief, however, Sanaullah has previously hinted as well that there might be some room for negotiations.


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