A meeting of selected ministers and senior leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) called on Monday night at the Presidency decided to summon Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Washington, to Islamabad to brief the country’s leadership on a host of issues impacting Pak-US relations and recent developments.
The meeting was called just hours after a key leader of the PPP Shah Mehmood Qureshi resigned from the party and from his National Assembly seat.
With internal rifts threatening to tear the ruling PPP apart, President Asif Ali Zardari, during the Core Committee meeting, directed his associates to mobilise the party and complete its organisational structure.
“President Zardari directed for the party to be mobilised and to complete the party’s organisational structure,” Presidential Spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
“Zardari has asked the newly appointed president of Southern Punjab Makhdoom Shahabuddin to focus more on the party’s affairs from now on,” a participant of the meeting told The Express Tribune.
Prior to this meeting, President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani held a one-on-one meeting. However, one of the leaders who attended the meeting said it was already scheduled and the party was aware that Qureshi was no longer with the PPP.
According to Babar, President Zardari also directed the MNAs to be present in their constituencies particularly in the flood-affected areas and to address the issues of their people. He directed that the party’s manifesto be implemented and all measures be taken to provide relief to the citizens.
The meeting also advised the law ministry and ministry of parliamentary affairs to expedite the finalisation of the NAB law.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2011.