One-on-one: Nawaz and Zardari meet at PM House in Islamabad

PPO, TTP talks, Karachi operation, Musharraf's trial all on the agenda at the meeting.

Web Desk April 16, 2014
Former president Asif Ali Zardari meets with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari met on Wednesday at the PM House in Islamabad, Express News reported.

This is the second meeting between the two since the Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) took over the reins of government from Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) last year. The first meeting took place in January this year when the two leaders jointly performed the ground-breaking of the $ 1.6billion Thar coal power project.

Zardari arrived at the PM house via helicopter and was welcomed by Nawaz at the door before they proceeded with the meeting.

During today's meeting, the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, former president Pervez Musharraf's trial, Karachi's law and order situation, peace negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as well as matters related to political development and national security were discussed.

Before the one-on-one meeting, delegation level talks were also held. Zardari was accompanied by Senator Raza Rabbani, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah and PPP leader Murad Ali Shah while Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid accompanied Nawaz.

A senior PPP leader had earlier told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity that the meeting between the two political heavyweights has symbolic value in the present circumstances.

“The meeting will give a message that the country’s political forces are united,” he had added.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Senator Raza Rabbani revealed that the Prime Minister had directed MNA Zahid Hamid to approach all political parties and obtain their views on the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO).


Mukhtiar Badshah | 8 years ago | Reply

Is this One-on-One meeting ? as per picture at least FIVE others are also sitting with them.

SAL | 8 years ago | Reply

one time enemy now friends learning trick of the trade as to how to loot the country and it's stupid innocent people. for the sake of learning any missed trick they are seen as best of friends.

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