PM Continues Efforts to Rally Support

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 5: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is continuing with his efforts to rally supports of coalition partners for the beleaguered Pakistan People’s Party-led government which is facing a number of challenges ranging  from Supreme Court cases to not-so-friendly military establishment.

While the Supreme Court has given the Jan 10 dead line to the government to implement its National Reconciliation Ordinance judgment, a three-member commission has been tasked to investigate the ‘memogate’ scandal in which the military leadership has taken a tough stand against former ambassador Husain Haqqani.

Of late, Prime Minister Gilani has increased the frequency of his meetings with leader and lawmakers of allied political parties.

On Thursday he met PMLQ leaders, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, at the Prime Minister’s House and sought their support against what Mr. Gilani has been  saying these days about a “conspiracy” to wrap up the civilian government”.

The main concern which Mr. Gilani shared with the PMLQ leaders was their control over party lawmakers , Officials who attended the meeting told Dawn.

They said the prime minister mentioned media reports about many sitting PMLQ lawmakers planning to join the PTI of Imran Khan.

Two Leghari brothers, MNA Awais Leghari and Senator Jamal Leghari, have already joined the PTI. According to sources in PMLQ many other lawmakers are still undecided whether to stay in the party or join the PTI bandwagon.

Other important matters which came under discussion at the meeting included reaching out to all political parties to ensure continuity of the political process. They said Chaudhry Shujaat suggested to the prime minister to talk to all political parties to evolve a consensus against forces threatening democracy.

The prime minister reportedly told the PMLQ leaders that he would discuss the matter with his leadership.

According to a sitting PPP legislator, the ruling party is increasingly working on a plan to persuade all parties to agree on a course of action.

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