The Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Asad Umar, announced on Friday that Imran Khan will not attend the upcoming All Parties Conference (APC) organized by the federal government on February 7th. Despite the Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, confirming his invitation to Khan at an Apex Committee meeting in Peshawar, Umar cited ongoing legal proceedings as the reason for Khan’s absence.
PM Sharif invited all political parties to the Apex Committee meeting, hoping to put aside differences in order to combat terrorism. As the opposition leader in the National Assembly, the Prime Minister mentioned Khan’s lack of personal recognition in past correspondence.
In an interview with the press outside the Lahore High Court, Umar said that the PTI cannot sit with the PDM-led government while treason cases are being filed against their opponents. According to him, the government violates the Constitution and uses its resources to arrest and detain citizens. PTI leader also expressed frustration with governors’ refusal to provide by-election dates.
The Prime Minister’s invitation was seen as an important step in bringing all political parties together to address national challenges. There have been disagreements between the PTI and PDM on a number of national issues in the past, particularly prior to Khan’s removal from the Prime Minister’s office.
The Prime Minister remains hopeful that all political parties will work together to address the crucial issues facing the nation despite the ongoing tensions. The APC’s future and the cooperation of political parties remain uncertain, but the Prime Minister’s call for unity serves as a reminder of the importance of putting aside differences for the greater good.