ISLAMABAD: Apparently feeling the pinch of the rising political tempers in the country coupled with the row between a media house and an intelligence agency, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government on Sunday constituted a three-member committee to reach out to the political leadership of the country to ensure a cordial political environment in the country.
“Yes the committee has been formed,” Ifran Siddiqui, Special Assistant to Prime Nawaz Sharif, who is also a member of the committee, confirmed to Daily Times on Sunday. Besides Irfan Siddiqui, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq are also part of the committee, which has been tasked with contacting the political leaders of the country.
Sources familiar with the development said the committee was necessitated due to the rising political tempers in the country, particularly Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s protest against the alleged rigging in the last year’s polls, which has started vitiating the political environment in the country. Besides, the row between a media group and the ISI has also added fuel to the situation, and now the government finds itself sandwiched with no way out from the current situation.
Specifically talking on the mandate of the committee Irfan Siddiqui clarified that this committee has nothing to do with the formation of any alliance on part of the government for political advantages. He said it will specifically deal with the current political situation and work for a conducive environment in the country. Siddiqui pointed out that the first and foremost objective of the committee will be to enhance contacts between the government and political leadership of various shades in the country.
“Through enhanced contacts between both the sides, a conducive and peaceful political environment should be created in the country,” he said. He said that the committee would seek the opinions of various political leaders of the country on national issues. Fourth, he added, for the sake of continuity of democracy in the country, the entire political leadership should be taken on board, with a commitment that all would cooperate to the maximum possible level for the democratic cause.
Sources also disclosed that the gravest threat for the democratic system came in the shape of the dispute between a media group and ISI, which would have a dangerous bearing on the system if it is not resolved amicably. About the contacts with the political leadership of the country, the sources said that it has already made a contact with the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Khurshid Shah, while a member of the committee, Khawaja Saad Rafique, was in touch with Awami National Party (ANP) interim president Haji Adeel. ANP spokesman Senator Zahid Khan reportedly said that the government committee wanted to seek inputs from his party regarding the emanating political situation in the country.
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