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Coalition leaders stick to their guns on parliament’s decision regarding funds provision for polls

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired a meeting of political leaders of the ruling alliance and the PDM.

The meeting condemned the twin explosions at the CTD police station in ​​Kabal area of Swat. The participants also prayed for the security personnel martyred in terrorism incidents.

Sources say the prime minister took the participants of the meeting into confidence on the current political situation of the country.

The law minister and attorney general briefed the meeting on legal and constitutional matters.

The allied party leaders vowed to stick to their guns on the parliament’s decision regarding the provision of election funds.

The participants of the meeting also expressed deep concern over the recent audio leaks.

Sources quoted the prime minister as saying that the government stand is being vindicated, as the scales of justice are not equal. Parliament is the supreme institution, its decisions will also have to be accepted, he stressed.

The participants of the meeting were also briefed on the initial contacts established for negotiations with the PTI. Maulana Fazlur Rehman reiterated his stand regarding not negotiating with PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The meeting agreed to approach the forum of parliament in case of any possible decision. For any meaningful negotiations, there must be a consensus, the participants agreed.

As per the inside story of the meeting, the participants insist that coercion on the part of any judge will not be accepted for negotiations. Negotiations cannot be held through force, the coalition leaders stated.

The participants further insisted that courts should decide according to the Constitution and law, the sources reported.

The court should look at the standards of justice, its job is not to mediate. The recent audio leaks cannot be ignored, the participants commented.

The allies also termed Imran Khan’s statement regarding talks childish.

Among those who participated in the meeting were former president Asif Ali Zardari – who left shortly after the huddle began, PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Aftab Sherpao, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Khalid Magsi, Agha Hassan Baloch.

Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Sajid Mir, Hafiz Abdul Karim, federal minister Talha Mehmood also attended the meeting.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar, Attorney General for Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Ayaz Sadiq, Ishaq Dar and other leaders were also present.

Later, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also reached the PM House where he was warmly received by Shehbaz Sharif.

Separate meetings of the federal cabinet, PML-N’s parliamentary party, and allied ruling parties were scheduled to take place today, with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presiding over the meetings.

Sources said Prime Minister Sharif will first chair a meeting of parliamentary leaders of ruling coalition parties. The meeting is expected to hold detailed consultations on the country’s political situation.

The PM may also consult the allied party leaders on negotiations with the PTI, the sources said, adding the participants of the meeting will also consider the Supreme Court case in detail.

A strategy is also expected to be devised on the issue of the alleged audio leak of the chief justice of Pakistan’s mother-in-law.

Also, the impact of the expected decision of the SC on the elections will also be examined.

Later, the prime minister is also expected to chair a meeting of the federal at 2:30 pm today.

Both important meetings are set to chalk out the future course of action.

PM Sharif will also host an Eidul Fitr dinner for the leaders of the coalition parties.

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