PPP, PML-N to discuss reservations over CM Maryam after Eid: Rana Sanaullah

"The procedure for solving all problems with PPP has been decided," says PM's advisor

By  Web Desk   |  
June 14, 2024
Former interior minister Rana Sanaullah speaks during a press conference in Islamabad on May 24, 2022. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Rana Sanaullah said that a meeting to discuss various issues between Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will be held after Eid ul Adha.

Sanaullah's comment comes in light of the PPP's reservations regarding CM Maryam's governance style including the lack of coordination on policy matters with the Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led party — which remains an ally of the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) in Centre and Punjab.

"The procedure for solving all problems with PPP has been decided," said the advisor when speaking during Geo News programme 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath' on Thursday.

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman, who was also interviewed on the show, said her party's lawmakers in Punjab are not being given funds to carry out work in their respective constituencies.

Rehman's remarks came after Chairman Senate and PPP leader, Yousuf Raza Gilani, emphasised that his party needed space in Punjab and that the issues they were facing in the province were not just related to budget.

Gilani, who is part of the PPP delegation conducting talks with PML-N, said that the negotiations between both the parties cannot be held in one sitting and that some of their issues were related to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and others about CM Maryam.

He insisted that the PPP wanted to finalise the written matters that were agreed upon with the PML-N with regards to Punjab and that his party's opinion should be taken on the budget.

Gilani, while speaking with journalists in Islamabad, said some of the points have been implemented, while others are yet to be executed.

Senator Rehman, too, echoed Gilani's statement regarding the implementation of a written agreement devised with the "allies" at the time of the government's formation.

However, she said: "There is still time to resolve issues through dialogue. Progress on our reservations is slow."

Senator Rehman revealed that the PPP asked the government to give a briefing on budget formulation months ago.

The senator maintained that her party doesn't believe in the politics of personal targeting and has even made friends out ofenemies.

Sanaullah, meanwhile, said that the PML-N's meeting with the PPP was held in a pleasant atmosphere. "The PPP did not complain about anything during the meeting."

He, however, insisted that the development funds of national and provincial lawmakers are equally distributed.