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PM, Zardari chew over ways to halt dissolution of assemblies

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to discuss matters pertaining to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) threat to dissolve the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa legislative assemblies.

The PM called the former president to discuss the political situation in Punjab, especially the dissolution of provincial assemblies, and the overall political situations in the country. According to reports, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is currently reviewing all legal and constitutional options in order to bring about an in-house change in Punjab. Moreover, an appeal in the Supreme Court for an early hearing of the party’s petition is also under discussion. Moreover, PM Shehbaz has reportedly advised his son Hamza Shehbaz to consult the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leadership over the current political situation.

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Simultaneously, the PML-N has vowed not to leave any stone unturned to halt the dissolution of assemblies. The decision was made at an emergency party huddle held at the party’s Model Town secretariat. During the meeting, PML-N leaders deliberated upon as to how they could tackle the political challenges that may arise after the dissolution of assemblies. In this regard, the PML-N’s Punjab parliamentary advisory group also held a meeting, presided over by Hamza Shehbaz. The huddle discussed possibility of imposing the governor’s rule, among other options. Zardari also held a meeting with MQM-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui to deliberate on a possible no-confidence motion in the Senate. According to reports, the MQM-P leader assured Zardari of all possible cooperation in this regard.


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