The opposition scrambled to strategise in the wake of the National Reconciliation Ordinance verdict, as Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) called a high-level party meeting on Wednesday (today) to discuss the ruling as well as a letter sent to him by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Nawaz Sharif’s political secretary, Dr Asif Kirmani, said that the party central office bearers as well as provincial presidents, office bearers and significant leaders would participate. He said participants would discuss issues which are ‘currently evolving’ in the political field.
Kirmani said the Maulana suggested in his letter that Nawaz should perform an active role in the formation of a unanimous opposition strategy regarding an ‘interim set up’, as well as an independent Election Commission of Pakistan and voters list.
PML-N’s Central Joint Secretary Khurram Dastgir Khan said the party will ponder over the details of the six point ruling of the court. He said the party would consider how the parliament will play its role in the implementation of the ruling of the court.
In addition, the opposition will play its role to move a resolution seeking that the house force the federal government to comply with court rulings. The opposition may therefore deposit an adjournment motion in the National Assembly secretariat seeking the verdict’s implementation, Dastgir added.
Two recent interviews given by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari respectively are also to be discussed.
Referring to the maulana’s suggestion regarding an interim set-up and elections, he said the PML-N would ‘seriously consider’ his suggestions.
Sources said a meeting between Fazlur Rehman and Nawaz is likely to be held soon to discuss the ‘interim set up’. The sources further said the party would ponder over the Punjab party elections, the only provincial elections for the PML-N that remain to be held.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2012.