APC starts at PM House


The All Parties Conference that commenced at the Prime Minister’s residence this Monday, aimed to form an agreement on a counter-terrorism strategy and the dwindling law and order situation in Karachi.
The ongoing meeting is being attended by Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq ParvezKayani, Director General of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Zaheer-ul-Islam, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar,provincial chief ministers and the governor in addition to the heads of all the major political parties of Pakistan.
Some of the prominent political figures attending the conference include Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PT) chief Imran Khan, Jamat-i-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hasssan, head of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam- Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) senior leader Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr. Farooq Sattar, Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara, Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel, Balochistan National Party- Mengal (BNP-M) leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) pioneer Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.
The chair of the meeting, Prime MInister Nawaz Sharif, thanked all the participants for their attendance in his introductory remarks and stated that frontline issues such as terrorism, economy and the energy crises were to be solved through cooperation as opposed to bipartisan politics.
Sharif added he was pleased that the PPP, MQM and ANP had not opposed the operation in Karachi.