Islamabad : After weeks of turmoil, the political storm that has engulfed Pakistan seemed to be ebbing as protesters returned to talks with the government and a mediator between the two warring sides said a “concrete solution” is in sight.

The positive development came after a war of words in the Parliament between lawmakers of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI), who had quit but their resignations have not been accepted by the Speaker, and pro-government leaders. In a significant development, an opposition ‘jirga’, a committee of opposition politicians led by Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, held talks with the PTI leadership this evening. Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri agreed to talk to the opposition ‘jirga’ that is mediating between the embattled Nawaz Sharif-led government and the protesters who have been demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation. Speaking to reporters after meeting the jirga which included Haq and Pakistan People’s Party leader Rehman Malik, senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said his party is ready to move ahead. Haq said, “It has been a productive meeting. There is still a deadlock, but 70 per cent of the work has been done. We believe there will be a concrete solution soon.”

Sajjad Hussain    

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