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Imran Khan turns down dialogue offer

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Pakistan senior opposition leader Imran Khan gestures as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in east Pakistan's Lahore on Aug. 14, 2014. Imran Khan, a former cricket icon, on Thursday started an anti-government march from the eastern city of Lahore. FILE PHOTO

Pakistan senior opposition leader Imran Khan  gestures as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in east Pakistan's Lahore on Aug. 14, 2014. Imran Khan, a former cricket icon, on Thursday started an anti-government march from the eastern city of Lahore. FILE PHOTO
Pakistan senior opposition leader Imran Khan gestures as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in east Pakistan’s Lahore on Aug. 14, 2014. Imran Khan, a former cricket icon, on Thursday started an anti-government march from the eastern city of Lahore. FILE PHOTO

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has turned down the government’s offer to hold talks, media reported .

Addressing a party rally in Sahiwal city in Punjab province, Imran Khan urged all Pakistanis to come out of their homes Nov 30, not for him, but for the future of their children, The Nation reported.

He refused to hold talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, adding the premier may remain at his post, while the PTI sit-in will also continue, as long as the judicial investigation of irregularities in elections was not launched.

“On the one hand, Sharif declares me a proclaimed offender, while on the other he talks of negotiations, but he must know that I am not ready to hold talks with him,” Imran Khan said.

“Not me, it is rather Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari who are offenders and there are affidavits submitted to the courts against them.”

Imran Khan also criticised Pakistan Television’s (PTV) managing director, saying the people pay Rs.10 billion to the state television each year and yet, it represented the government, not the masses.

He said inflexibility of the government closing all doors of justice for his party forced him to turn to masses for staging protests and seeking basic rights and to probe alleged rigging in general elections.