Islamabad: A day after former President Asif Ali Zardari’s outburst against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today directed his senior party leaders to hold backdoor talks with the PPP.

According to well-placed sources, Prime Minister Sharif is concerned about Zardari’s tirade following arrest of Dr. Asim Hussain and the issuance of arrest warrant against former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and former federal minister Amin Fahim.

Reacting to the new political development, the prime minister has assigned the task of placating the former president to his most trusted men, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.

A source told that Prime Minister Sharif also asked his ministers and PML-N leaders to refrain from making any harsh statement against the PPP leadership.

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“Pervaiz Rashid’s soft and apologetic tone in yesterday’s press conference is proof of the government’s approach to deal with the issue,” added a source.

Both the ministers will contact the PPP leadership and listen to their reservations before submit the report to the prime minister.

It remains to be seen whether or not government’s peace mission manages to appease the PPP Co-chairman.