Efforts under way for PTI-PDM patch-up

ISLAMABAD: Efforts aimed at building bridges between the PDM coalition government and PTI led by Imran Khan continued on Wednesday when the country’s financial czar met President Arif Alvi once again.

This was Dar’s third meeting with Alvi. At the same time, PMLQ leader Ch Shujaat Hussain also extended an olive branch and expressed his readiness to mediate on PTI’s behalf with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif if Imran Khan agreed to the proposal.

According to sources, Dar talked about political and economic matters with the president. The PML-N leader and President Alvi also held discussions on PTI’s cooperation in bringing about political stability to the country, said the sources.

Both leaders also talked about the next general elections in the country, dissolution of assemblies, the sources said, adding the finance minister asked for the opposition’s support on the implementation of International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) agreement. He also discussed saving 4,000 MW power by shutting down countrywide markets early in the evening and sought political support for it.

In an interview with a news channel, President Alvi, ruling out the country could face default, confirmed Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar held a meeting with him to discuss the ongoing political situation in the country, including dissolution of assemblies, economic issues and implementation of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) agreement.

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