The senior leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party had a brainstorming session in the Presidency on Friday to chalk out a strategy in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the review petition on the National Reconciliation Ordinance judgment (NRO).
Attended by selected ministers and close associates of President Asif Ali Zardari, meeting decided to consult and bring on board its allied parties on how to deal with the situation.
The apex court earlier in the day had rejected the federation’s review petition on the court’s earlier verdict in 2009 declaring the NRO ‘void ab initio’ and directed the government to immediately implement the court decisions – including a reopening of the Swiss Cases against the Bhutto family and President Zardari.
“The meeting decided to step up the consultative process with political forces and coalition partners,” Farhatullah Babar spokesman to President Zardari said. Babar Awan, who represented the federation in the review petition hearings, briefed the participants on the legal aspects of the new verdict.
Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani did not participate in the meeting. When contacted, a spokesman to the prime minister said Gilani had left for Multan in the evening.
Those who attended the meeting included Senator Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar, Rehman Malik, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mian Raza Rabbani, Dr Babar Awan, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Senator Sardar Ali, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Rukhsana Bangash, Fouzia Wahab, Fouzia Habib and Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2011.