ISLAMABAD – With political impasse showing no signs of settlement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has initiated a contact with former president Asif Ali Zardari and invited him for a lunch on Saturday.
Zardari, who heads the Pakistan People’s Party as co-chairman, accepted the invitation from the prime minister. Senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N and the PPP will accompany their party heads at the lunch where they are expected to discuss the prevailing political crisis.
The meeting will take place in Raiwind for which Asif Zardari will depart from Karachi on Saturday. The two leaders will meet at a time when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) have been holding sit-ins and protests in Islamabad since August 14.
In Karachi, meetings were also ongoing at the Bilawal House where Zardari had arrived late Thursday and news of the lunch came after the PPP co-chairman discuss the current situation with Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah.