PPP expecting joint opposition move against PML-N

SALIM AHMED

Lahore

While the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is currently focusing to show its political strength on return of party co-chairperson from abroad on December 23, efforts are also underway to contact the like minded opposition parties to join struggle against the ruling PML-N.
PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari had already given a go-ahead to give a tough time to the government. The PPP leaders are in contact with ANP, PTI, MQM and other parties for launching joint struggle against the incumbent government over Panama Leaks and inefficiency of present rulers.
A senior PPP leader said Asif Ali Zardari has expressed his resolve to protect democracy, but made it clear the party would not try to save the corrupt.
It may be added that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has given deadline of December 27 for acceptance of four demands including re-constitution of a parliamentary committee on national security, passing Panama Bill drafted by the PPP, implementing the resolution regarding CPEC and appointing a foreign minister.
Bilawal has warned to hold long march and protests to press the government for the acceptance of their demands. PPP and PTI, erstwhile bitter rivals, are getting closer towards against the government. The two major opposition parties vowed to give a tough time to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as his family is facing the allegation of making billions of rupees through corruption.
The sources said the PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PPP leaders, Aitzaz Ahsan, Khurshid Shah are in touch and also positive about a joint strategy to pressurise the government.
Political opponents of the PML-N have accused Sharif’s family of having gained the funds illegally through corruption during his two previous stints as prime minister in the 1990s. However, Sharif and his family have denied any wrongdoing, saying the assets were gained legally, mainly through the family’s network of businesses and industries in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The PPP is looking for a joint move of the opposition parties to give tough time to the ruling PML-N. In this regard, political contacts are being made.

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