To quell the growing political discord, caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi initiated a conciliatory meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shafqat Mahmood. Hosted at Mahmood’s residence upon Solangi’s request, the dialogue aimed at fostering a unified approach to the forthcoming general elections, thereby mitigating the current political strain.
PTI has expressed discontent over perceived unequal electioneering opportunities following the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) scheduling of the general elections for late January 2024. This grievance compounds the party’s allegations of political persecution after the notorious May 9 riots, which saw widespread unrest and the incarceration of numerous PTI affiliates.
Seeking Fair Ground in Upcoming Elections
As relayed by PTI, the meeting’s discourse revolved around ensuring transparent elections and providing equitable conditions for all political factions. Shafqat Mahmood emphasized the necessity for impartiality and equality in the electoral process, citing concerns over his party’s restricted campaigning liberties.
Reaffirming this sentiment, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Solangi guaranteed that the interim administration would uphold fairness throughout the electoral proceedings. However, in the aftermath of the private consultation, Solangi downplayed political implications, characterizing the interaction as a non-political visit with a long-standing acquaintance.