ISLAMABAD – The Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari have arrived in Prime Minister House to meet Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s leader Nawaz Sharif amid Military-Government rifts to strengthen democratic forces of the country.
Here are the complete correspondent details of the issue discussed in the meeting.
Asif Ali Zardari was accompanied with Senator Raza Rabbani, Syed Khurshid Shah (Opposition Leader in National Assembly) and Syed Murad Ali Shah (Finance Minister of Sindh).
Zardari arrived in Prime Minister House via special helicopter flight that landed inside the meeting venue.
Initially the a delegation level meeting was conducted in which Zardari was assisted by the associates he brought with him. Nawaz Sharif had the assistance of Senator federal finance minister Ishaq Dar and federal IT minister Zahid Hamid. The later is also an expert on legal affairs. It was also believed that Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) was initially drafted by Zahid Hamid.
Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO)
Nawaz Sharif ensured the Asif Ali Zardari and PPP delegation and his party’s legal experts would amend the controversial aspects of PPO after consultation with all opposition political parties including PPP. Federal minister Zahid Hamid briefed the meeting members over PPO’s legal aspects.
Federal government has had to pay some outstanding dues to he government of Sindh. It was drafted in meeting that federal government would definitely provide all outstanding dues to PPP led government of Sindh before the next fiscal year’s budget.
Taliban Talks and Release of Prisoners
Over the issue of Taliban Talks, premier ensured to keep the opposition parties including PPP updated regarding latest happenings. The release of Syed Musa Gilani s/o former premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Shahbaz Taseer s/o of former Governor Punjab Salman Taseer (late) was also discussed.
Pervez Musharraf’s High Treason Trial
Both sides have agreed upon the notion that courts should decide the fate of former President General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf in high treason trial. Asif Ali Zardari was reported to state that during his tenure, PPP had always respected the judicial orders and same should be done in Musharraf’s case.
After the delegation meeting, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari had discussed ‘actual’ matters in one-on-one meeting.
The sources privy to both political parties have categorically stated that real purpose of this meeting was to give ‘undemocratic forces’ a silent message that no ‘adventure’ would be tolerated against the democratically elected government. Asif Ali Zardari categorically denied any possibility of his party joining hands with un-democratic forces against PML-N’s led federal government. He stated that Benazir Bhutto’s sacrifice for democracy would not be wasted.
It was reported that Punjabi cuisine was dominating the lunch menu. There were also other continental dishes for the guests.
Both parties have not yet informed media about any possibility of joint press conference after the meeting. However, sources from both sides had denied any such possibility. One source also claimed that no joint communique would be issued. Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid would likely to comment on the meeting in superficial words whenever encountered by the media.