Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif on Monday invited the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) to join the grand coalition of the opposition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement.
Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif hosted a dinner for the parliamentary leadership of the opposition parties at his residence on Monday, according to 24 News HD TV channel.
He specifically invited PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to dinner but Bilawal Bhutto did not join the program. The dinner was attended by PPP leaders including former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Yousuf Raza Gilani and Sherry Rehman.
PDM President Fazlur Rehman also did not attend the dinner but his party team comprising Maulana Asad Mahmood and Akhtar Ali attended the dinner. Representatives of the PPP and ANP who attended the dinner told Shahbaz Sharif that they would respond to his offer to rejoin the PDM for a joint struggle against the ruling PTI.
Shahbaz Sharif, Yousuf Raza Gilani and Asad Mahmood addressed the gathering. The Leader of the Opposition said that the economic situation of the country was not good as the PTI government had failed miserably in every field.
Stressing on the need for unity, Shahbaz Sharif said that all the opposition parties must work together against the government in the national interest. He suggested giving a tough time to the government in the budget meeting. The PML-N president said that Imran Khan’s government was a victim of opposition in the name of accountability and justice.
Addressing a parliamentary gathering of the opposition, PPP-backed Yousuf Raza Gilani said the opposition should highlight government failures instead of blaming each other. He conveyed a message of good wishes from Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and said that the opposition should unite to send the rulers home.
Asad Mahmood said that there was a need to launch a protest campaign from the PDM platform. At dinner, the opposition leadership was entertained with a variety of delicious dishes of meat, rice, and sweat. Earlier, the organizers banned the media from covering the event in order to avoid revealing the differences that arose after the PPP and ANP split from the coalition.
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