PM Shahbaz, Zardari intensify discussions as elections approach

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari welcomed Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif for the meeting.  - Twitter / @mediacellppp
PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari welcomed Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif for the meeting. – Twitter / @mediacellppp
  • Prime Minister Shahbaz and Zardari discussed the political scenario.
  • Sources say that the team of alliance members will assemble in a few days.
  • There is no end date for the dissolution of the National Assembly.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday held a second round of meetings in a week to discuss the strategy of dissolving assemblies and electing members for caretaker setups as general elections approach. consulted. news informed of.

Major coalition partners, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and the PPP have reportedly agreed to dissolve the assemblies on August 8, four days before the mandatory term ends. However, there is no official word on the date of dissolution of the assemblies.

Putting an end to the speculation game on the date of dissolution of the National Assembly, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Maryam Aurangzeb also clarified that no decision has been taken in this regard so far.

Sources said PM Shehbaz and Zardari deliberated on the current political scenario in the country during the meeting besides discussing matters related to the upcoming elections.

The Prime Minister was assisted at the meeting by Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and Economic Affairs Minister Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who is the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms.

This was the former President’s second meeting with PM Shehbaz Sharif within a week as the first meeting was held in Lahore last Saturday.

The sources also indicated that it was decided in the meeting that a joint meeting of the heads of the PDM and PPP as well as alliance partners would be held within the next two days to decide on the strategy to dissolve the assemblies. caretaker setup.

According to sources in the PM House, Finance Minister Dar suggested that these decisions should be taken at the summit of the ruling coalition parties. Sources said that the proposal was supported by all the participants.

Another agenda of the mob was to end the formula for choosing caregivers.

The PML-N was interested in having a political veteran head the office, but the PPP argued against this and advocated considering a senior bureaucrat or former senior judge for the post of acting chief executive.

Sources indicated that both parties agreed that the National Assembly and the two provincial assemblies should be dissolved on August 9, three days before the end of the mandatory term. Sources said that the final decision will be taken at the summit of the ruling coalition.

The meeting ended without any decision on the program of seat adjustment and dissolution of NA, Sindh and Balochistan provincial assemblies. Sources said the question has been left to the provincial leadership of both the parties as they have a better picture of the ground situation.

Sources said PM Shahbaz and Zardari will hold further discussions with their respective leaders in the light of Tuesday’s deliberations.

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