Amid rising tensions with the opposition PML-N and coalition partner MQM, the ruling PPP has created the foremost intimate contact thus far with the second largest opposition party, PML-Q, sparking recent speculations regarding the likelihood of cooperation between the 2 major parties.
Sources near the People’s Party told Dawn on Saturday that President Asif Ali Zardari had created a suggestion to the Pakistan Muslim League-Q to hitch the national.
The PML-Q had told President Zaradri that it’d reply to his provide to hitch the national at the tip of this month, the sources added.
The invite was extended throughout a gathering at the Presidency on Saturday.
The meeting came on the heels of a dinner Mr Zardari hosted for the PML-Q leadership the previous night.
A spokesman for President Zardari described the get-together as “ice-breaking”.
The PML-Q has fifty five seats within the National Assembly.
Pakistan Muslim League-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain led his party’s team at the talks and at the dinner with Mr Zardari, who is additionally co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party. Former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi and son Moonis Elahi were additionally gift.
Other members of the PML-Q delegation were: Wasim Sajjad, the Leader of Opposition within the Senate, former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Amir Muqam, Kamil Ali Agha, Riaz Hussain Pirzada and Ghous Baksh Maher.
President Zardari was assisted by Punjab PPP president Imtiaz Safdar Waraich, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa president Zahir Shah, political secretary to the PPP co-chairman Rukhsana Bangash, MNA Fouzia Habib, spokesman Farhatullah Babar and Dr Qayyum Soomro.
The get-together was the highest-level contact between the previous bitter foes, that perceived to have currently crossed a psychological barrier to a future embrace that would facilitate each of them fight their political tormentors.
Both sides said things may move forward, though they might not specify how so much.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar described the event, that came within the midst of recent political tensions in each Punjab and Sindh, as “positive” and “breaking of the ice”.
In Punjab, the PML-N has earned the wrath of each PPP and PML-Q by throwing out the previous from the coalition government and winning over a breakaway “Unification bloc” of the PML-Q to make sure a majority within the provincial assembly.
The PPP has additionally faced occasional issues with the MQM, that has threatened to quit the ruling coalition in Sindh, if its grievances regarding the “incendiary” remarks of provincial home minister Zufliqar Mirza weren’t removed.
Both the PPP and PML-Q confirmed that the meeting at the presidency was the results of hectic “backdoor diplomacy” applied by some members from each side for the past several months, and a PML-Q leader said his party had no possibility however to travel with the PPP once facing “humiliation” at the hands of the Sharif brothers. They recalled that last year the Sharifs had cancelled a luncheon invite to the Chaudhrys at Raiwind at the eleventh hour.
Mr Babar said the PPP saw Chaudhry Shujaat’s remarks at the meeting that the PML-Q wouldn’t be a celebration to any decide to destabilise the govt as “positive”. Moreover, he added, Chaudhry Shujaat had assured the PPP leadership that they wished this democratic dispensation to complete its necessary term of 5 years.
The president’s spokesman expressed the hope that the cooperation and contacts between the 2 parties would continue in future.
Riaz Pirzada, who is PML-Q’s chief whip within the National Assembly, said the party had given a mandate to Chaudhry Shujaat to carry negotiations with the PPP and notice ways that for cooperation.
He praising President Zardari’s “reconciliation policy”, saying that in contrast to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, the PPP had kept its doors open to any or all parties. “It may be a smart political move.”
Mr Pirzada criticised the Sharif brothers for adopting “confrontational politics” and alienating each political party.
NOTE OF DISAPPROVAL: Meanwhile, sources within the PPP told Dawn that sure parts inside the party had disapproved of the leadership’s call to befriend a celebration just like the PML-Q against that “we place up a struggle throughout the times of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf”.
Political observers, however, believe that this cluster won’t be in an exceedingly position to influence a choice on a rapprochement between PPP and PML-Q.
MUTTAHIDA FACTOR: A supply aware of the PPP_PML (Q) conferences said President Zaradri had created the provide in an effort to neutralise a ‘repeated threats’ by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to withdraw its support to the national.
“The PPP leadership is currently sick of the MQM’s perspective and is curious about exploring alternative choices at hand,” a senior PPP leader told Dawn.
He said though the PML-Q had up to now not initiate with a “positive response”, the provide by People’s Party would force the MQM to require a choice once and for all regarding staying inside the ruling coalition or parting ways that with it.
“We cannot afford a daily nagging by the MQM over one issue or the opposite,” he said.
Mr Zardari additionally assured the Chaudhrys of Gujrat that if they declared support to the PPP, the govt would take the party along in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochistan still.“The Chaudhrys have told Zardari that they’ll answer his provide in an exceedingly number of weeks once discussing it with their MNAs, MPAs and ticket-holders,” a PML-Q leader said.
He said the PPP and PML-Q leadership had agreed that in Punjab each the parties would continue taking part in the role of opposition and work along to “embarrass” the Shahbaz Sharif-led government.