ISLAMABAD - Considering All Parties Conference (APC) much significant and decisive juncture for the PML-N government, all political parties in the Parliament are pinning hopes that it could be result-oriented in contrast with previously held such APCs only if all parties ‘genuinely’ come on the same page.

The incumbent government has to take it as a great opportunity and challenge to evolve a national strategy to curb militancy, as unlike previous APCs organisers (JUI-F and ANP) this government is enjoying support of even opposition parties, political factions invited to participate in the APC scheduled for September 9 shared these views with The Nation.

Some of them also warned the government, whose much talked-about honeymoon period - the first 100 days -is about to complete, to take it as ‘make or break’ situation as unlike previous governments it would not have more opportunities to buy more time.

Commenting on APC’s significance, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) senior leader Taj Haider viewed that this conference would have great importance to resolve the issues and they will fully support the government’s positive step to curb the menace. “APC will give broad outline and principle, which would ultimately convey its message to opposite powers,” he maintained.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), which has finally given nod to participate in the conference, viewed that transparency and clarity in ideas and stance would be much important to go forward. PTI Chairman Imran Khan and KPK CM Pervaiz Khattak will meet Army chief one hour before this conference to have idea of different aspects, the PTI leader Andleeb Abbas informed.

“It will be significant as army, intelligence and political leadership will jointly deliberate on the issue but transparency and clear stance is imperative,” the PTI leader added.

Another opposition party MQM considered that sincerity could make this APC different from previous APCs. “Impact could clearly be seen as one-point agenda will be discussed,” said MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil, adding that MQM’s Parliamentary Leader Farooq Sattar would brief on national counterterrorism policy in length.

Awami National Party (ANP), which too had previously organised APC, pinned hope on the conference, saying it would be fruitful as all parties are in supportive mood. “There is no dissimilarity in opinion to deal with the issue and the government after getting nod has power to take action,” said Zahid Khan, adding that if all the parties come on same page then there will be a maximum chance to resolve the issue.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) having bit harsh remarks opined that this government would have to take it as a great opportunity to resolve the issue. “Unlike other governments, the PML-N government would not have much space to buy more time to resolve the issue,” the JI senior leader said, warning that the government should not waste this opportunity as it will be necessary for its own survival.

The PML-N’s important ally - JUI-F - viewed that incumbent government has all the support of Army and political leadership to resolve the issue. “Opposition parties conducted previous APCs so they had no powers to take proper action, but this time government has win-win situation,” said JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai, expressing hope that it seems to be a result-oriented meeting.