Opposition party leaders meet Shehbaz to discuss current political situation


ISLAMABAD: The leaders of the opposition parties on Tuesday met with Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to discuss the current political situation and the future plan of action.

It was reported that the leaders gathered on the invitation of Shehbaz Sharif. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Naveed Qamar are attending the meeting.

In addition to that, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Asadur Rehman, Awami National Party’s Amir Haider Khan Hoti and other opposition leaders are also in attendance.

Earlier as Zardari arrived at the Parliament House, he was asked to comment on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement regarding the walkout staged by the opposition in the NA.

The PPP president in response said, “Opposition has been staging a walkout since day one, why will we seek an NRO?”

“The government is not in a position to give anything and we don’t need an NRO,” he added.

Earlier, PM Imran had said that Opposition in the National Assembly behaves as if their only function is to stage walkouts.

Taking to Twitter, the prime minister wrote that “in a Parliament that costs taxpayers billions yearly, yet another walkout in NA by the Opposition shows that this is the only function they intend to perform”.

He claimed that these are “pressure tactics to seek a national reconciliation ordinance (NRO) and evade accountability for corruption in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases not initiated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)”.

Reiterating that for the Opposition “being elected is a license to plunder the country”, he questioned if democracy meant “immunity from the corruption of democratically elected political leaders”.

Yesterday, Opposition in the National Assembly staged a walkout after Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif criticised the PTI government for awarding the contract for the Rs309 billion Mohmand Dam project to a Descon-led consortium on a single bid basis.


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