ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will decide about its future course of action viz-a-viz Imran Khan’s Azadi March on August 14 after Eidul Fitr holidays when top party leadership will go into a huddle in this regard.
The PPP and Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) both are in opposition against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government; but have divergent stances on certain issues.
The PTI that is hell-bent upon taking a million-man march to Islamabad on the Independence Day against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections has difference of opinion with the PPP which though has reservations over results of the elections is not inclined to go for any agitation at this point of time.
“The top party leadership will decide what course should be adopted about the future, especially Imran Khan’s Azadi March,” PPP Central Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira told Daily Times.
He pointed out that former President Asif Ali Zardari would also return to the country after Eid and he would meet with other top party leaders in this regard.
About convening the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the PPP, Kaira said that it would also be decided after Eid that when should the CEC meeting be held. Kiara said that the PPP supported the demands of Imran Khan about audit of elections and wanted the government to tackle it politically rather than coercively which was evident from invoking Article 245 of the constitution to call army to assist the civil administration.
Kaira said that the PPP has been advising both sides – PML-N and PTI – to act wisely in the present conditions when the country was in a state of war. “We have asked Imran Khan to be bit soften his stance as well as the government to show maturity”, Kaira said. The PPP leader called upon the government to find out a political situation of the dispute with Imran Khan. We believe that it is always the government that has to take the lead to defuse the situation, he added.
The PPP leadership has always supported the government for the sake of democracy but also created ripples occasionally in the political arena of the country. The particular one was the statement of Asif Ali Zardari a few days back when he lashed out at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for acting like a monarch rather than the elected prime minister of the country.
“Our criticism is also for sake of democracy to stop the PML-N government from derailing,” Kaira replied when his attention was drawn to the hard-hitting statement of his party leader.
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