Pakistan

Asif Zardari on reconciliation-spree with opponents of Imran govt

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BY ASIM SHAHAZAD

At times when Asif Zardari is on the reconciliation spree with the opponents of the Imran Khan government, the PPP, PMLN, PDM after leaders have formed a committee comprising all opposition parties to determine the political and legal strategy and the timing of no-confidence motion against Imran Khan.

On Thursday, former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari held a meeting with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq  at the party’s headquarters in Mansoora, Lahore and discussed with him the prevailing political situation.

Zardari apprised Siraj about his meetings with different leaders to get their support for possible no-trust move against the government in the National Assembly. 

An important consultative meeting of the top leadership of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-N was held on Wednesday at the residence of PMLN President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif.

The meeting was attended by PDM Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president and PPP President Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N president and opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif. Apart from, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Maryam Aurangzeb and JUI-F Parliamentary Leader Maulana Asad-ur-Rehman and Central Leader Akram Khan Durrani were also present in the meeting. Were present

The leaders took a detailed look at the overall situation in the country and agreed that the entire Pakistan was in agreement to get rid of the present government as soon as possible. The scourge of inflation as a whole is unleashed on the people and the brutality with which it continues unabated is unbearable and unacceptable to the people. The continuous rise in prices of essential commodities including electricity, gas, petrol especially food items had broken the backs of the people especially the poor and the daily-wage earners.

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They said that over the last three-and-a-half years, the government had plagued the country by oppressive direct and indirect taxes, consequently the destruction of the economy as a result of reckless policies and decisions, the value of the rupee and the historic increase in domestic and foreign debt. The government that we all agree on must come to the rescue

The meeting expressed alarm over the fact that due to the government’s actions, the atmosphere of national unity and solidarity in Pakistan was being severely damaged. Distrust was also building in the constitutional arrangement of resource allocation between the federation and its units which was extremely concerning and damaging national interest. The opposition expressed that it was united and united for the protection and promotion of federalism.

They said “The process of transgressing the limits set by the present government in the constitution has now taken an authoritarian and fascist approach in which the latest black laws have been enacted through ordinances. The conspiracy of PECA Laws seeks to make the media, political opponents and every individual, deaf, dumb, blind and tongue-tied . It is to collectively impose dictatorship on the whole country which is not only against the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution especially the right to freedom of expression but also against the basic concept of national and international human rights and the principles of democratic society. We will challenge and block these unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic measures in every legal forum”.

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