LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif huddled together at Jati Umra on Sunday to review the all-parties conference called by Tahirul Qadri under the aegis of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) relief and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s threat of a long march on August 14.
Sources said the prime minister, who arrived here on Sunday, discussed in detail the consequences of the Model Town, Lahore, incident and the issues over which the opposition political parties are agitating “to destabilise the government”. The two high-ups expressed confidence and vowed to implement a report prepared by a judicial commission formed to probe into the Model Town incident, which left near a dozen people dead and over 100 injured in Lahore two weeks ago.
It was reportedly decided in the meeting that the government would initiate contacts with all the political parties and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Sindh next week would meet PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari. On the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that those indulging in anti-democratic activities, including long march, were following an agenda to deprive Pakistan of development and prosperity, “but the government would not allow them to succeed”. He said that democracy and every institution would be strengthened. Prime Minister Nawaz said that the nation needs unity in the wake of ongoing military operation against terrorists, but unfortunately certain elements are involved in politics of violence for political gains. He said people have given a five-year mandate to the PML-N and the opposition parties must wait for next elections.
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