Fazl meets Shehbaz, discusses APC and political situation

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on Pakistan Muslin League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif and discussed with him the All Parties Conference (APC) of the joint opposition and political situation of the country.

Prior to meeting Shehbaz, Fazl also met Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Speaking to media, the JUI-F chief said the APC would be held towards the end of this month, adding that all opposition parties would head forth under a joint strategy. He maintained that the “government will have to go”.

Bilawal said he wanted the assemblies to complete their term in any case.

“Whatever decision was made during the APC would be the collective decision of all,” the PPP chairman said.

Last month, Maulana Fazl had announced that he would call the APC after Eid-ul-Fitr.

“After Eid-ul-Fitr we will host all political parties and a consensus stance would be decided on which there will be consensus strategy. We will then take steps in line with this strategy,” the JUI-F chief said on a video message.

The decision to hold the APC was taken during an Iftar dinner hosted by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and attended by opposition leaders including Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shehbaz.

The PPP chairman also met Maryam Nawaz Sharif on June 16 in Raiwind.

In the meeting attended by close aides of both political parties’ leaders, the two young leaders agreed not to let the Federal Budget 2019-20 be passed and decided to develop a plan of action in this regard.

The PPP and PML-N leaders concurred that only upholding the Constitution of Pakistan and sticking true to democracy can take the country forward.