Zardari wants APC to be held soon


KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday asked the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) body on the proposed all-parties conference to step up the process of consultation with political parties so that the conference could be held at the earliest.
The president, who is also the PPP co-chairman, was presiding over a meeting of the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) at the Bilawal House. Those who attended the meeting included Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Qaim Ali Shah, Senator Raza Rabbani, Faryal Talpur, Nisar Khuhro, Naveed Qamar, Nabeel Gabol, Senator Islamuddin Shaikh, Aijaz Jakhrani, Pir Mazharul Haq, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Ali Nawaz Shah, Fauzia Wahab, Murad Ali Shah, Manzoor Wassan, Hari Ram Kishorilal and Najmi Alam.
The president’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting took stock of the current political situation in the country in general and in the province in particular. The president said that the present political situation demands that a meaningful and broad-based consultation with all political parties is held soon.
The meeting decided that the process of reconciliation will continue and doors will remain open for all parties in the parliament for a broader and deeper political reconciliation. Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting reposed full confidence in the leadership of Zardari and authorised him to talk to all political parties represented in the parliament for arriving at consensus on the major issues facing the country.