Monday Jul 20 2020

Party delegation will meet PPP chairman tomorrow to discuss multi-party conference: PML-N

According to the party's spokesperson, the delegation will include the top-brass of the opposition party including Saad Rafique (top left), Ahsan Iqbal (top right), and Ayaz Sadiq (bottom). Photo: Files

A party delegation will meet PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday in order to finalise plans for a multi-party conference aimed at uniting the opposition, the PML-N spokesperson said.

According to the spokesperson, the delegation will include the top-brass of the Opposition party including Ahsan Iqbal, Saad Rafique, and Ayaz Sadiq.

"The purpose of the meeting is to [devise a plan] so as to make the multi-party conference meaningful and consequential," said PML-N secretary general Ahsan Iqbal.

He said that the party wishes for the opposition to unite "to get rid of the incumbent government and its policies".

Stressing on the long-sought demand of the opposition leaders, Iqbal reaffirmed: "We still want midterm elections."

In this regard, PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Bilawal.

Bilawal inquired about Shehbaz's well-being and expressed good wishes for his health.

In response, Shehbaz also sent a message of goodwill for the health of former President Asif Ali Zardari.

Bilawal and Shehbaz meeting on the cards

According to a report by The News, the Opposition's movement to oust the government is expected to gain momentum in the coming week as Bilawal visits Lahore.

Sources told The News even though PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif could not meet Bilawal on three occasions and is still not fully well, he is improving and a meeting with the PPP chairman is on the cards.

Bilawal and his father former president Asif Zardari had hosted JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Karachi last week despite Zardari being forbidden by his doctors to meet visitors.

Rehman is trying very hard to convene a multi-party conference to dislodge the government. The meeting between the JUI-F and PPP top leadership was fruitful with both parties agreeing to convene under a gathering of all opposition parties.

According to the report: "JUI-F chief is keen to wrap up the assemblies to remove the government or through any method but the PPP leaders have a difference of approach since they want to dislodge the federal government or at least the prime minister but they are opposed to dissolve the assemblies."

It added that the PML-N is also unwilling to agree to a major upset without an assurance of fresh polls being conducted under new rules which would prevent rigging.