Sharif Invites Zardari To Discuss ‘Politics’

This Wednesday the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the former President of Pakistan and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari, in the Prime Ministers official residence in Islamabad. The meeting took place after the current government had to face the unease in civil-military relations due to the trial of the ex-military general and former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.

The two leaders discussed a number of issues including the ongoing treason trial of 70-year-old Musharraf, opposition’s stand against the government’s move to push through a controversial anti-terrorism bill, Karachi law and order situation as well as the talks with the Taliban.  However, meeting assumes special significance as it has been seen by analysts here as a show of unity and strength by the political class amidst unease in civil-military ties.  “A number of issues including Musharraf was discussed,” informed the PPP senator Raza Rabbani, adding that the Prime Minister felt that there was not much to be concerned about any tensions in civil-military relations.

Rabbani informed that the issues discussed included the peace talks with the Taliban, the protection of the Pakistan Ordinance, the Karachi operations and the terrorism laws to be applied in the country. Rabbani said Zardari has conveyed concerns of his party and other opposition parties on Pakistan Protection Ordinance and the Prime Minister had assured him to review the issue to make applicable legislation to curb terrorism in the country. Zardari also tried to discuss the apparent financial crisis that his Sindh government is facing.

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