PPP open for talks with other political leaders, including Nawaz: Shah


ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is open for talks with other political leaders including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Talking to media, Shah said that his party never closed the door on negotiations and he wants to take everyone forward together.

On the issue of the caretaker prime minister, Shah said that he has informed the federal government that name of the caretaker PM should be finalised by May 15.

“Prime Minister Abbasi and I will take collective decision pertaining to the caretaker prime minister,” the opposition leader said, adding that he was also having discussions with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) but when he contacted the party members there was no response.

“I heard about the nominations put forward by PTI through media,” he shared, further stating what is the point of discussion now? Although he is shocked at the names announced by PTI.

Shah further said that there should be no restriction on freedom of speech. “If freedom of speech curbed in a democratic government, then what difference will be there between democracy and dictatorship,” he asked.

He, however, added that freedom of speech should not be used against state institutions, adding that even law doesn’t allow it.


PTI Information Secretary and Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary said that the statement of the opposition leader about the caretaker prime minister is surprising.

He clarified that PTI neither issued names of caretaker prime minister nor released any statement about it. PTI spokesperson said that the response is based on over bogus news of media, calling it ‘unexpected’.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi is the focal person in this regard and it would be better if the opposition leader would contact him before issuing the statement to media, PTI spokesperson said.

He further said that the PTI would formally inform PPP once the names of caretaker setup are being finalised.



  1. This is an afterthought. They are in touch with each other. BB is however helping PTI cause by making certain ridiculous speeches. His efaminate disposition does help the cause.

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