Zardari, Shujaat discuss Punjab’s political situation

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Amid PTI’s ultimatum to dissolve provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this month, PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on Monday visited residence of PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in Lahore and “discussed overall political situation of the country”.

A brief statement issued following the huddle said PML-Q general secretary and federal minister Tariq Bashir Cheema and Rukhsana Bangash were also present in the meeting.

“A detailed discussion was held on the political situation of the country and the current situation of Punjab,” it added. People in the know about the developments said the opposition in Punjab has also temporarily deferred their idea of moving a no-confidence resolution against Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

The ruling coalition at the Centre and the opposition in provinces have quietly agreed upon a ‘wait-and-see’ approach and refrain from reacting to the developments until Imran’s final decision, sources said.

They added that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will seek the counselling of coalition partners to hammer out a strategy to deal with the situation.