Committee to decide about APC as Shehbaz meets Fazl
Irfan Siddiqui delivers Nawaz's message to JUI-F chief before PML-N president's arrival
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman on Tuesday said the rahbar (coordination) committee would meet to decide the matters related to the All Parties Conference (APC).
But it seems that the opposition is unable to reach a unified future course of action as the meeting did not produce any concrete result.
Briefing media persons after the meeting, Fazl said there was a complete agreement among the opposition parties on an anti-government movement but they had not developed any consensus over who would host the proposed All Parties Conference (APC).
Clearly showing that the two sides have serious differences on how to tackle the situation, he said the only productive way forward was to address the reservations.
A common strategy was required against the PTI government, said Fazl, which means that the PML-N isn’t ready yet to adopt an aggressive line of action as suggested by the JUI-F chief.
Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz said the rahbar committee comprising the representatives of different opposition parties would meet on when and how to hold the APC by addressing the differences and grievances.
All the opposition parties, including the smaller ones, would be consulted, said Shehbaz who visited the residence of Fazl along with other senior party leaders to discuss the issues hindering the close operation between the two sides.
The unproductive meeting came as it was earlier reported that the smaller opposition parties had accused both PML-N and PPP of cooperating with the PTI besides not taking a tough line by following a compromising attitude.
In this scenario, Fazl had earlier stated that he could even convene an APC of smaller opposition parties, thus keeping the PML-N and the PPP out of the future plans.
There is a clear split in the ranks of PML-N with Shehbaz seen as a moderate who doesn’t want confrontation while Maryam Nawaz standing for a hawkish approach.
The breakup between the PTI and the Akhtar Mengal-led BNP-M had created an impression that the opposition would expand its ranks and give a tough time to the ruling party.
However, these hopes were later dashed when the two main opposition parties helped the PTI getting the FATF-related bills passed through the Parliament against the wishes of Fazl.
On the other hand, 24NewsHD TV channel reported while citing sources that Irfan Siddiqui – senior journalist-turned-close associate of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif – held a meeting with Fazl before the arrival of Shehbaz Sharif at his residence.
According to the sources, the meeting was an attempt to woo Fazl who has serious reservations over the PML-N policy.
Irfan shared an important message of Nawaz with the JUI- chief in which the PML-N supremo assured him of full cooperation and said his party would stood by him till the removal of the incumbent government.