Nawaz endeavours to woo Imran, comes down hard on Qadri

* PM ready to go extra mile to appease PTI chief * Says a Canadian national who can bag only 200 votes calling for revolution


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday reiterated his talks offer to opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and expressed his willingness to talk to Imran Khan and resolve all matters amicably. 
Expressing his willingness to go an extra mile to appease political opponents for the sake of country, the premier recalled that he had visited Imran’s residence in the past too. He regretted that some people were not ready to learn a lesson from the experiences of the past 65 years and pointed that the country suffered immensely because of spates of dictatorship that hindered development. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told a ceremony held in connection with the launch of the long-term development programme Vision 2025 at the Convention Center, he had taken up the task of bringing progress and development to Pakistan as a challenge.
Dismissing Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri’s political power and ability to start a revolution, Nawaz asked “with the ability to get only around 200 votes, how can one make tall claims of bringing revolution”? “If you get 100 to 200 votes in an election, it will not bring a revolution,” he remarked. “We have already had that revolution of the people...democracy is that revolution,” he said. The prime minister said that his government is talking of ending poverty, creating employment, eliminating power shortages, while on the other side the Qadri-led PAT is planning to beat the policemen and attacking police stations. Referring to Canadian national Qadri, the prime minister remarked a person from Canada who could bag only 200 votes is claiming to bring about a revolution in the country. “What are the reasons, the logic, the agenda behind all this revolution thing?” the prime minister asked, saying the PAT is pursuing the agenda of certain vested interests. 

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