Three main ruling coalition partners in the current government Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) — on Monday assured the government of their support in taking ‘tough’ decisions, while Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is set to call a meeting of all the allies to take a unanimous decision on how to overcome both the political and economic crises in the country.
The PM is also scheduled to head a meeting of the federal cabinet on Tuesday (today) where he will take all the members into confidence on the decisions taken by the PML-N leadership in London recently.
A day after returning from the UK and the UAE, Prime Minister Sharif on Monday started consultations with allied parties in the ruling coalition, apparently to apprise them of the decisions taken by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif during the premier’s recent meetings with him in London.
The prime minister met the heads of three main coalition parties — Asif Ali Zardari of the PPP, Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the JUI-F, and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of the MQM.
It has been learnt that PM Sharif will soon call a meeting of all the allies in the government to take a unanimous decision on how to overcome both the political and economic crises in the country.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the PM in a one-on-one meeting with Maulana Fazl said national interest will remain supreme while taking ‘difficult’ decisions. He stressed the need for collective efforts of the ruling coalition to provide relief to the people and strengthen democracy in the country.
“Adherence to democracy and the Constitution guarantee progress and stability of Pakistan.” – PM Shehbaz Sharif
Both leaders thoroughly discussed the prevailing economic and political crises confronting the government.
The PML-N leader maintained Pakistan’s economic situation had not deteriorated to the extent that it could not be reversed.
Federal minister Qamar Zaman Kaira of the PPP said his party was ready to jointly face the consequences of “tough” decisions. “We will make decisions in the best interest of the country whatever their political cost will be,” he added. He further said that it would be unfair to the country if the government, which came into power to rectify the wrongs of the previous PTI regime, went back home without providing any solution to the problems.
On the other hand, the MQM opposed fresh elections because it would be a financial debacle for the ordinary citizens even though the decision would be in the party’s favor, and urged the prime minister to act fast and take a tough call related to the economic revival.