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Maryam hosts Bilawal to devise joint strategy against govt

LAHORE, June 16 (WNP): PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, on the invitation of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, arrived at Jati Umra on Sunday amid reports of increasing cooperation among opposition parties against the government.

The meeting was being held in the backdrop of PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari’s arrest in the fake accounts case last week. The PML-N’s Quaid, Nawaz Sharif, is already serving a jail term in the Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment case.

This was the second meeting between the Sharif and Bhutto scions in less than a month.

Last month, Maryam had been invited to an iftar hosted by Bilawal for opposition parties. After the event, the opposition parties held a joint press conference and announced to “launch protests inside and outside the Parliament after Eidul Fitr” and hold an All Parties Conference (APC) to “chalk out a joint strategy on how to tackle the problems facing Pakistan”.

Following the event, Maryam had acknowledged that “the PML-N and PPP have been arch rivals” but said that “our upbringing is such that when we become allies we also do that with full sincerity.”

PML-N leader and former Sindh governor Mohammad Zubair, while talking to journalists earlier today, said that the meeting itself would be a big political development.

“This meeting would be a matter of concern for the government,” he said, adding that the two sides had already decided to launch a campaign against the government. He said the two parties need to work together due to a number of problems.

Criticising the PTI-led government, he said the ruling regime lacks a [competent] team, plan and, a vision. “It is an obligation for the opposition to make its presence felt.”

Former provincial minister, Rana Sanaullah, however, called the meeting “a matter of routine”. He added that the two sides would discuss the political scenario of the country.

A decision about agitation [against the government] will be taken in the All Parties Conference (APC), he said, adding that the PML-N would follow the decisions taken by the APC and not dictate the conference.

“PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has met with Bilawal a day ago, [but] if Bilawal wants to call on Shahbaz Sharif again, he can meet him.”

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