Shehbaz reaches out to PPP with Punjab coalition govt in the offing

Source:  Tribune Published in Politics on Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) late Saturday night played its card in forming the Punjab government with party president Shehbaz Sharif wanting to join hands with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Muslim League-Q to do so, Express News reported.

According to reports, Shehbaz met with PPP leader Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood in Lahore to discuss a coalition government in the province.

In the meeting Shehbaz vowed to meet PPP leadership with both sides agreeing to work together for democracy in the future.

Sources say that former speaker of the national assembly Ayaz Sadiq has sent the party’s message to PPP leader Khursheed Shah, with both leaders set to meet tomorrow in Islamabad.

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It is also believed that Shehbaz will also sit in on the meeting as well.

In the meeting both parties will discuss forming a joint opposition in the National Assembly and any course of action to be taken in the near future.

The two biggest opposition parties will also take on board other players in parliament.

While they will also look to convince parties that have decided to abstain from taking oath in the parliament to do so.

Similarly, the PML-N tried to make contact with PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, however despite Sadiq’s calls to him, he could not be reached in this regard.

The two parties decided to form a committee with PML-N representing by Sadiq, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Khawaja Saad Rafique, while the PPP has fielded Shah, Sherry Rehman and Naveed Qamar.

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