ISLAMABAD - The PPP-led ruling alliance Tuesday decided to seek nod of the Parliament in evolving a response to tackle challenges that have emerged following the Supreme Court’s decision giving six options to the government to implement NRO decision.

The ruling alliance took this decision at an emergency meeting of the heads of the allied parliamentary parties chaired jointly by PPP Co-Chairman, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at Aiwan-e-Sadr Tuesday night.

According to parliamentary sources, the crucial meeting discussed the situation and decided to immediately call the National Assembly session to take up the matter for future course of action. President Zardari in his order on Tuesday summoned the Senate to meet on January 17.

Sources said that during the discussion President Zardari remarked that he was ready to resign if PPP and its ruling allies who elected him as President wanted so, quickly adding that his party was also ready to go for early general elections.

Meanwhile, spokesperson to President, Farhatullah Babar in a press statement said the meeting discussed current political situation with particular reference to the most recent developments.

He said the heads of allied parties proposed that the session of the National Assembly be urgently called to discuss the latest political issues, adding that in the light of the proposal by the parties’ heads it was decided that the session of National Assembly be called on Thursday (tomorrow) at 4 PM.

Before the session of the National Assembly, a joint meeting of the parliamentary parties will also be held at the Parliament House to work out the strategy to be adopted during the NA session.

He said the president had specially come from Karachi for the meeting of the allied parties. The meeting was attended by Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Asfandyar Wali Khan, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Dr Farooq Sattar, Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, Munir Khan Orakzai, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Senator Dr Babar Awan, Raja Pervez Ashraf and spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar.

Prior to the meeting, President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani also held one-on-one meeting and discussed the situation. 

Earlier, PPP Co-Chairman President Zardari chaired a meeting of CEC members of PPP belonging to Sindh at Bilawal House, Karachi. Current situation, law & order in the province and coalition matters were discussed during the meeting.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah gave a briefing on coalition matters and development projects in the province.

Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan gave briefing on law and order situation particularly in Karachi.

Those who were present during the meeting included Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Faryal Talpur, Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Mian Raza Rabbani, Syed Khursheed Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Nawab Yousaf Talpur, Islam-ud-Din Sheikh, Abdul Qadir Patel, Nisar Ahmed, Ali Nawaz Shah, Manzoor Hussain Wasan, Murad Ali Shah, Agha Siraj Durrani, Ayaz Soomro, Engineer M Rafiq and Hari Ram.