LAHORE - Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said that he and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would hold consultation in connection with the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner.

In a telephonic talk with a private TV channel on Monday, the PPP leader said the opposition would put forth its names for the position of ECP chief after the government presents its nominations. He said he had advised the government and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf not to tread the path that leads to a clash. “A conflict will only cause damage to the democracy,” he added. He said he would soon hold meetings with the PM and Imran Khan and try to persuade them to take the road to reconciliation.

He said the PTI chairman should decide against going ahead with his planned long march on Independence Day. But, in case it is not possible for him to cancel his plans, then the government should adopt such a course with which a situation of clash could be avoided. He warned that in case of violence both the government and Imran would have to face a huge loss.