Pakistan

PTI on ‘wait and see’ mode over cooperation with PPP after Zardari’s return: sources

ISLAMABAD: The efforts for cooperation between two key opposition parties, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has lost the momentum after return of Asif Ali Zardari from self-exile, sources said.

The PTI has adopted a more cautious approach of ‘wait and see’ for cooperation with the fellow opposition party PPP after return of former president and the party’s co-chairman Zardari. The contacts between the Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah and PTI’s central leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi failed to have tangible impact on the relations between the two parties for building political cooperation against the PML-N government.

According to sources, the PTI leaders were more optimist about improvement of the ties with the PPP led by Bilawal Bhutto, after return of Zardari they are disappointed over the matter.

PTI is waiting for December 27 deadline set by the PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to the government for accepting his four demands or face the party’s promised anti-government drive, sources said. Imran Khan-led PTI, the most vigorous opposition party, that has vehemently challenged the government in past three years, has also adopted a wait and see policy, to look what is going to happen after arrival of Zardari.

Asif Ali Zardari will address a public meeting December 27 (tomorrow) on the death anniversary of former prime minister and democracy icon Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bux in Larkana. In his arrival speech in Karachi he had promised some ‘good news’ to the party workers on December 27. It is going to be seen that what surprize he has in his kitty to stun the political opponents. What will be the masterstroke of his political strategy in case the government refuses to hear the PPP demands.

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, a former interim prime minister during Musharraf’s government, talking to the media today has warned the opposition that the PML-N government will complete its five-year term if the opposition parties fail to united and challenge it.

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