ISLAMABAD - PPP Co-Chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari has constituted a special committee of PPP leaders to consult leaders of other political parties to diffuse tense political situation in the country.

The committee comprising members from different parts of the country has been tasked to immediately undertake consultation with other political parties to work out an agreed plan of action to diffuse the escalating political tension and ensure that the democratic system is not derailed at any cost.

Senator Rehman Malik has been designated as convener of the special committee, according to the notification issued by Rukhsana Bangash, political secretary to the former president.

The special committee comprises Senator Rehman Malik, MNA Faryal Talpur, Senator Moula Bakhsh Chandio and MPA Nisar Khuro from Sindh, former MNAs Imtiaz Safdar Waracih, Javed Waraich and Afzal Nadeem Chan from Punjab, former MNA Khanzada Khan and Faisal Karim Kundi from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Senators Sabir Baloch and Fateh Muhammad Hasni from Balochistan.

Zardari had already telephoned different political party chiefs to diffuse the tension.

SHAH OPPOSES IMRAN'S DEMAND OF PM'S RESIGNATION: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that both Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan should learn lesson from the thoughts of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto as Bhuttos always termed democracy a best revenge.

"We did not achieve democratic system easily and a lot of sacrifices were rendered for it," Shah said talking to the newspersons in his chamber. He said that Benazir had never supported the politics of violence.

Shah said disappearance of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan from political landscape is a matter of grave concern. He said the government should not create hindrances in Azadi March.

The opposition leader opposed Imran's demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation. He also lauded federal minister for railways for making efforts to resolve issues through dialogue.

Shah was of the view that the PTI chief should also express solidarity with the army during the Azadi March.

Meanwhile, PPP leader Manzoor Wattoo suggested the government to allow Azadi March in Islamabad. "We never disallowed marches in our era and same is the suggestion for the incumbent government," said Wattoo addressing a press conference. He said that staging a protest rally is the democratic right of every opposition party.