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Nawaz, Fazlur Rehman agree to move forward against PTI govt

LAHORE: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) head Maulana Fazlur Rehman contacted Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif through a telephone call to devise a future course of action related to the anti-government movement and long march despite PPP and ANP resignations.

According to sources, during to conversation on Friday both, the leaders agreed to move forward against the PTI government and stick to the agenda of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

They also discussed the country’s overall political situation and the situation arising after the separation of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) from the PDM.

The Pakistan People’s Party and Awami National Party earlier announced to part ways with the PDM after rifts between the opposition alliance deepened over the show-cause notice issue.

The resignations of PPP leaders including Sherry Rehman, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and Qamar Zaman Kaira were submitted to PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Later, Fazlur Rehman invited the PPP and ANP to reconsider their decision over resignations.

On April 11, due to increasing differences among the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto had torn up the show cause notice issued by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan with the approval of alliance parties.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari chaired a meeting of the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Sunday to discuss its response to the show-cause notice sent to it by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leadership.

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “We do politics for the sake of honor, there is nothing more than honor. We rejected this show-cause notice,” he added.

On this occasion, Yousuf Raza Gilani offered to resign as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in a bid to mend cracks in the ranks of PDM, sources informed.

Gilani said that he was ready to tender resignation as Senate opposition leader right now if Bilawal allows him. He maintained that the other opposition parties should avoid leveling baseless allegations on his party. PPP’s Central Executive Committee rejected his resignation offer, sources added.