LAHORE - Amidst political crisis in Pakistan, the PPP’s top leadership has decided to stay in Dubai till the dust settles at home.
The PPP leaders have also disengaged themselves from the process of talks they had initiated with heads of political parties to avert the foreseeable.
As none of the warring sides is ready to budge an inch from their respective positions, the PPP fears military intervention if the deadlock persists longer.
All senior party leaders are currently in Dubai devising strategy to cope with any eventuality arising out of the precarious situation.
On Wednesday, Asif Ali Zardari chaired a meeting to ponder over the situation. Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Rehman Malik and Manzoor Wattoo were in attendance, according to party sources, who said that more leaders were expected to reach Duabi on Thursday (today).
A party source privy to the meeting told The Nation that the participants were unanimous on the point that under the existing circumstances, PPP should side with democracy and not with the government, which, they believed, was fast losing ground vis-à-vis the PTI and PAT staging sit-ins in the capital.
It was also decided that military takeover, if it happens, should be opposed by making a strong political alliance on the pattern of now defunct ARD. And in case the present government is shown the door and a national government is put in place to hold new elections, the PPP should cooperate with the powers that would be working for the continuity of democracy. But at the same time it would also maintain a public posture that it was against removal of government through unconstitutional means, said the source.
It merits mentioning here that senior party leaders have already stated in unequivocal terms that PPP is ready to play ball with the establishment if the formation of national government and mid-term elections become unavoidable.
A month back, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani dropped the first hint by issuing a pro-Musharraf statement against the backdrop of reports that the government and the military leadership were not on the same page on the issue.
Analysts then interpreted the statement a deliberate leak on the part of the PPP to send a message to the establishment that it was ready to cooperate with it if the latter had any plan to bring a new setup in place through democratic means.
A later statement by Asif Zardari’s confidant, Senator Rehman Malik was even clearer. “One must note the difference between supporting a government and democracy,” a TV channel ran his statement as breaking news couple of weeks back. Sindh Information Minister, Mr Sharjeel Memon also came up with a similar statement and both were not contradicted by PPP’s spokesperson.
Senior party leader Mian Manzoor Wattoo went a step farther when he uttered while talking to the media at Lalamusa a few days back that PPP was ready to contest mid-term polls if these become inevitable.