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‘Tough decisions’: PM Shahbaz Sharif starts consultations with allied parties

MQM-P leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui calls on Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif at PM Office on Monday. — PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has started consultations with the heads of allied parties to deliberate on important issues amid the worsening economic situation and mounting pressure from the PTI for early elections.

In his first such interaction with coalition partners, the premier held a meeting with MQM-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui at the PM Office. He is also scheduled to meet JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari later today.

During the meeting with the MQM-P leader, the premier welcomed the support of allied political parties in the implementation of the reforms of government and termed their role vital in decisions of national interest.

They discussed in detail the current political situation in the country.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui paid tribute to PM Shahbaz for prioritising the projects of public welfare and for his directives for the immediate implementation of development projects relating to the people of Karachi.

London plan

Last week, PM Shahbaz Sharif held detailed discussions with PML-N supremo and his elder brother Nawaz Sharif in London on pressing issues.

The premier, along with his key cabinet members belonging to PML-N, stayed in the UK capital for three days where the party held threadbare discussions.

The PML-N leaders who attended the London meetings are tight-lipped and are not sharing anything related to the party’s strategy to deal with the economic crisis and ending the subsidies on petroleum products, which the IMF has linked with the revival of the loan programme.

According to a Daily Jang report published today, PM Shahbaz may also address the nation in a day or two to take the nation into confidence over the prevailing financial and political situation of the country.

A meeting of the National Security Committee — the country’s apex security body comprising civil and military leadership — can also be summoned to appraise all stakeholders on the current situation, it added.

The prime minister will present the options for dealing with the crises to the leaders of the coalition parties after which the government will make the final decision.

Earlier, senior PML-N leader Rana Sanullah said that the PML-N would like take all the allies on board before taking the “difficult” decisions.

While talking on Geo News programme Naya Pakistan on Saturday, the minister said the PML-N has the ability to revive the economy, ruined by an incompetent gang, but there is a cost to it, and the PML-N is ready to pay its part of the cost. 

But, he said, the party is not ready to take responsibility for everything. He said that all other allies must come clear and show how much burden they were ready to shoulder for reviving the economy.

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