All is well between PPP and PML-Q

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Babar Awan and Central Leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Q, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi after holding a meeting here on Monday said Pakistan People’s Party and PML-Q are hand-in-hand on national issues.

Addressing a news conference the law minister said the role of their parties may be different but their objective is the same. There is no place for arrogance in politics and that there should be respect for all parties whether inside or outside the Parliament, he added.

Federal Minster for Law Babar Awan held a one-on-one meeting with PML-Q leader and former Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at his residence which according to political analysts is a bid to get space in Punjab politics.

Awan said they just exchanged views over the current political scenario and exchanged views over challenges facing the country. He said the only way forward in the problems ‘is national reconciliation’. “We realize that keeping on board all the political forces and joining hands with them is necessary for democracy and people of Pakistan.” He observed that PML-Q ‘is stakeholder and participator’ of the democratic system, and said ‘politics is inclusive job democracy can’t be stabilized without people’s participation.’

Awan said Elahi and he shared same opinion on national and democratic issues. He said “Both the parties have same interests, and the PPP ‘respects mandate of PML-Q’. The minister said he agreed with the suggestions of Pervaiz Elahi and would convey it to the Prime Minister and the President.

He was of the view that confrontation within political parties ultimately hits common people, and urge tolerance and harmony among the democratic forces. “It’s the only way forward for people of Pakistan.” Awan said he had also held meetings with leaders of various political parties which are either inside or outside the Parliament and discussed national issues with them.

Addressing the news briefing, the PML-Q leader said “our parties are agreed that all the political forces should sit together to resolve national issues.” In politics, he said, the doors of dialogues should be opened. He said it is imperative to sit together in view of the challenges the country is presently faced with.

Ruling PPP has decided to boost links with PML-Q after the ongoing efforts by Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and other PML factions for political alliance. The high-level contacts between the two parties will likely to boost up political activities in the country ahead of local body elections which Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani says might be held next year.

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