Prime Minister’s resignation out of question

Says PPP not to support any extra-constitutional measures

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari held an important one on one meeting here on Saturday.

During the meeting, both leaders discussed the ongoing political crisis in the country. Both the leaders ruled out the prime minister’s resignation and vowed to resolve all the issues through political dialogue. The prime minister stressed that the supremacy of the constitution and law will be upheld.

In the second meeting, the prime minister and the former president have been joined by their party representatives.

Asif Zardari was invited by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend a lunch hosted in his honour. The former president was joined in Raiwind by Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Leader of Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan and Parliamentary Leader of PPP in Senate Mian Raza Rabbani. The PML-N leaders Khawaja Asif and Ishaq Dar also attended the meeting.

The sumptuous lunch included Zardari’s favourite vegetarian dishes as well as the traditional biryani and qorma.

In a press conference of PML-N representatives held after the meeting of the political leaders, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the prime minister and Zardari are in agreement that any step taken should be within the limits of the constitution.

“Zardari has fully supported PM Nawaz… for the supremacy of the constitution and democracy,” he said. He said that the two discussed Pakistan’s overall economic direction which has been stalled due to the ongoing protests and maintained that they need to resume. “Pakistan is experiencing financial losses because of this deadlock…the cancellation of trips by heads of state, postponement of the IMF review as well as the delay in finalising details for the Dasu project is happening due to this,” he said.

“This is why our party has shown flexibility,” Dar said. “All parties except PTI have agreed that they will hold the Constitution supreme,” he said


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