ISLAMABAD - As part of the government move to stretch out to major political parties to evolve a broader consensus on major national issues, PML-N’s three-member team held a meeting with Awami National Party leaders here on Wednesday.
A few days back PML-N leadership had approached ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan for holding a meeting with him but as he was abroad the PML-N team comprising Federal Ministers Ahsan Iqbal and Kh. Saad Rafique, and Special Assistant to PM on Political Affairs Irfan Siddiqui met with ANP central leaders Senators Haji Adeel and Zahid Khan.
Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that the alliance between PML-Q and Pakistan Awami Tehreek, their protest plan against the government, electoral reforms, government’s efforts to bring normalcy in the restive Tribal Areas and other related matters came under discussion.
It was the broader consensus between the two parties that they would not become part of any move aimed at derailment of the incumbent political dispensation. On the other hand, the PML-N leaders assured ANP that government would take on board all the political parties while making major decisions would take ANP into loop on the efforts being made to bring normalcy in the Tribal Areas.
Later, talking to media Ahsan Iqbal came down hard on PAT Chief Allama Tahirul Qadri and said that by bringing out rallies and protests against the government he would be doing no good to democracy and advised him to review his decision.
He said that Qadri had no interest with the people of Pakistan because after the failure of his drama in 2013 he had flown out leaving behind his followers high and dry.
Irfan Siddiqui while responding to media men questions said that there was a broader consensus with ANP on major issues confronting the country adding that in politics there are no ‘no-go areas’ and political parties do interact with each other to evolve consensus on national issues.
To another question Irfan Siddiqui said that they have also approached Maulana Fazlur Rehman and would definitely be taking his input on important national issues.
ANP central leader Haji Adeel in a brief chat after the meeting said that for the strengthening of the democratic institutions in the country they would extend support to the government.