ISLAMABAD - The major opposition parties (PTI and MQM) are set to join hands with PPP for pushing the federal government to call a meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI).

Both the parties are planning to jointly put pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to fulfil the constitutional responsibility by calling a CCI meeting as soon as possible, sources in political parties told The Nation yesterday.

PPP a couple of days before asked the Prime Minister to call a CCI meeting, as after coming into power only four meetings took place. Talking to The Nation, MQM’s parliamentary leader Farooq Sattar said that the government should call a CCI meeting.

MQM’s another leader Waseem Akhtar said that the incumbent government should not ignore the national issues. “The government should fulfil its constitutional requirement, as it is deliberately ignoring important matters,” said Akhtar, adding that they would also ask the government to call a CCI meeting.

Likewise, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is also ready to raise the same demand. “This is not only a violation of the constitution but the government is also undermining the privilege of the provinces,” said PTI’s senior member Shahfqat Mehmood talking while talking to The Nation.

He said that the CCI is a constitutional forum to carry out threadbare discussion on national issues. “This forum is also formed to address provinces’ issues but the government is unfairly not calling its meeting,” he added.

When contacted, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Finance Saleem Mandiwala said that the federal government should immediately resolve the pending issues. “This government has still not been able to resolve the issues of energy crisis, 18th amendment and now they should at least call a CCI meeting,” he said.

“It is not necessary to stage a sit-in for your demands all the time,” a member Sindh NFC said adding that the PPP would not adopt such ‘pressure tactics’ but the government should fulfil its constitutional responsibility.