In the wake of President Arif Alvi’s calls for national unity to strengthen democracy, PTI members and leaders engaged in crucial dialogues with top officials, stirring speculation and highlighting proposed reconciliation efforts. PTI leaders Raoof Hassan and Barrister Umair had a significant meeting with President Alvi at the Presidency. While media speculated about conveying a special message from the PTI chairman to the president, Mr. Hassan refuted these claims, describing the meeting as regular interaction.
Discussions centred on the current political landscape and vital national matters throughout the meeting. This encounter comes against the backdrop of previous endeavours by President Alvi to rekindle the relationship between the establishment and PTI Chairman Imran Khan, underscored by public remarks made by PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah regarding Mr. Khan’s efforts.
Despite the speculative atmosphere surrounding this interaction, Mr. Hassan emphasized its routine nature, outright denying delivering any messages from the chairman to the president.
Proposal for ‘Grand National Reconciliation Dialogue’
Parallel to these developments, Shafqat Mahmood, a notable PTI figure, and Murtaza Solangi, the caretaker Information Minister, convened in Lahore. During this discreet meeting, Mahmood introduced the concept of a ‘Grand National Reconciliation Dialogue.’ This initiative calls for comprehensive engagement among all pivotal parties, including the military, judiciary, and media, preceding the forthcoming general elections.
This reconciliation emphasises establishing a unified direction for the country, focusing on a decade-long strategic plan. Mahmood also voiced concerns about the perceived unequal political playing field currently disadvantaging the PTI, stressing the caretaker government’s obligation to ensure unbiased elections. He specifically highlighted the necessity of Imran Khan’s involvement for truly free and fair elections.
In contrast, Solangi portrayed the meeting as a non-political, friendly interaction, avoiding commentary on the discussed reconciliation efforts due to the private nature of their conversation.