Shehbaz, Bilawal agree to put united front on ECP appointments

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday telephoned Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and the two discussed appointments to the Election Commission of Paki-stan’s vacant posts, the PML-N said.

Two seats of the ECP including one each from Pun-jab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had fallen vacant due to the members retiring on July 26.

According to the PML-N, the two leaders discussed the ECP appointments and agreed that they will proceed forward together on the matter with consul-tations.

Meanwhile, the PPP, which also issued a statement following the meeting, said that the two, besides the appointment of the ECP members, also discussed the overall political situation in the country. Sources say that deliberations were held between Bilawal and Shahbaz over the three candidates pro-posed by Prime Minister Imran Khan for Punjab and KP each.

For Punjab a discussion was held to consider candi-dates Ahsan Mehboob, Raja Aamir Khan, and Syed Pervaiz Abbas.

For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, deliberations revolved around candidates Justice Ikramullah Khan, Faridul-lah Khan, and Muzammil Khan. Bilawal and Shahbaz also agreed to “go to whatever extent it takes” to oppose the government’s proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority, the sources said.

They added that the Opposition agreed to have a joint stance on President Arif Alvi’s speech during a joint session of the parliament that kicks off its fourth year. The two leaders also discussed the overall political situation of the country.

Sources had divulged that as the opposition parties were pondering over the names of possible members of the ECP from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa there was a feeling in these parties that the prime minister had not held meaningful consultations with them on the subject under Article 213 of the Consti-tution.

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