PPP for negotiated settlement of political crisis

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Wednesday resolved to settle the current political impasse through negotiations and dialogue.
A meeting of parliamentary party of PPP, presided over by Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, discussed the political situation at length and opined that dialogue is the only “way out” of the present political situation which was triggered by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)’s sit-ins outside Parliament House. According to a statement of the PPP, the meeting reviewed in depth the current political situation in the country. Participants of the meeting expressed their views candidly. The party resolved to continue its support for democratic system and parliament.
At the same time, it was resolved that the PPP will strive to resolve the current political impasse through negotiation and dialogue. Former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf, opposition leader in the Senate and National Assembly, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan and Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, respectively, PPP Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira, former information minister Sherry Rehman, Deputy Political Secretary to the Co-Chairman PPP Fauzia Habib, President PPP Central Punjab Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, spokesman of the Party Senator Farhatullah Babar and other members and party leaders attended the meeting.
Zardari arrived in the capital on Wednesday from Karachi and contacted telephonically Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to find out ways and means to bring to an end to the prevailing political deadlock. According to the sources the PPP co-chairman has further intensified his efforts to safeguard democracy as the political stand-off continued to persist despite all-out efforts of the political parties. 
Before departure from Karachi Zardari talked PM Nawaz Sharif via phone and discussed the prevailing situation in the capital and it is presumed that former president would have given him some useful inputs to get out of the impasse.
Meanwhile, Senator Rehman Malik has also briefed the PPP co-chairman about the outcome of his meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahrul Qadri.

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