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Sharif, Zardari meet today to discuss key national issues

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari meeting today to discuss key national issues, ARY News reports on Wednesday.

The meeting between the two political rivals being held on the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sources said.

The time of the meeting is intriguing amid questions over the civil-military relations in Pakistani polity and reported differences between the civl and military leaderships over scores of issues including the dialogue with Taliban, Article-6 proceedings against Pervez Musharraf and other issues.

The meeting has been announced after Senator Farhatullah Babar, a close aide of former president Zardari, has announced People's Party's support against any 'adventure'.

The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO), an anti-terrorism legislation, has been bone of contention between ruling PML-N and major opposition Pakistan People's Party. The government sponsored bill has been passed with majority vote from the National Assembly but the controversial bill needed endorsement of the opposition to pass through the upper house. The PPP has announced to oppose the bill which is being opposed by the human rights groups.

The opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, however, informed the media that the two leaders will discuss 'some other issues of national importance.'

According to sources, the former president will also discuss sensitive national issues during the upcoming meeting today.

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