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PTI decides to stay away from ANP’s all parties’ meet
By Tariq Butt February 11, 2013
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ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) has decided to stay away from an All Parties Conference (APC) called by the Awani National Party (ANP) on Feb.14 to ponder over the dialogue offer of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

A PTI spokesman said it was time for fresh general elections, not for any APC. However, ANP Senator Zahid Khan said his party has not received any information regarding PTI refusal to its invitation to attend the APC.

He said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has confirmed his participation in the APC. He said that parliamentarians from the tribal areas have also welcomed the ANP initiative and accepted its invitation.

The APC is aimed at chalking out future course of action in the backdrop of TTP offers for peace talks with the government.

Another ANP leader said that a way out has to be unanimously found on how to fight the menace of terrorism to save Pakistan, which is facing serious threats. He said the APC is not a solution

Meanwhile, Imran categorically rejected Asma Jahangir’s name for the post of caretaker prime minister, claiming that she carried conflicted views about the Supreme Court and enjoyed political attachment with the ruling government.

“The candidate must be impartial, honest and should pay due respect to the SC and should avoid inking any agreement on which the successive government would face embarrassment,” he said.

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