The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will meet for another round of talks on Monday in an effort to settle their differences regarding the nation’s financial issues, according to media reports. This is done in an effort to prevent any further conflict.
The conference, which will be presided over by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and include Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, bears a lot of weight because PPP leaders have been harshly critical of the budget proposals for the upcoming fiscal year.
Prior to the announcement of the budget, PPP Chairman Bilawal stated that his party would not support it in the National Assembly unless promises made to it regarding flood-affected districts were kept.
The first high-level meeting between the two political parties—also presided over by the premier—took place earlier this week, but the PPP chairman was unable to attend because he was not in Islamabad.
At the meeting were PPP leader and Minister of Water Resources Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Minister Ahsan Iqbal, and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
CM Shah once again blasted the federal government for its broken promises during his statement on the provincial budget on Saturday in the Sindh assembly.
However, the meeting on Monday would represent yet another effort to settle the disagreements between the federal and provincial administrations of Sindh.