Nawaz, Zardari discuss security, overall situation

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PPP leader assures his party will stand by PML-N government if democracy faces difficult time.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari held a one on one meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed host of issues, including political situation, national security issues and legislation to cope with terrorism.

Both the leaders also discussed on-going operation in Karachi and other matters of mutual interest besides reviewing dialogue process with Taliban.

Earlier both the leaders held delegation level talks and discussed overall political situation in the country. Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar and Zahid Hamid assisted the Prime Minister PPP s senior leaders including Khurshid Shah and Mian Raza Rabbani accompanied Asif Ali Zardari.

Federal Minister Zahid Hamid briefed the meeting regarding Protection of Pakistan Bill while member of Government committee Fawad Hassan Fawad briefed the PPP delegation on latest update of dialogue with Talban.

It was the first meeting between the two leaders since the departure of Asif Ali Zardari from presidency.

Talking to media after the meeting, PPP leader Raza Rabbani said that both leaders discussed variety of national issues during the meeting.

Raza Rabbani said both leaders agreed to strengthen democratic system in the country and would jointly fight for democracy if it faces some difficulty time.

On query was the issue of treason trial against Musharraf was discussed, Rabbani said over all every single important issue came under discussion between meeting of the Prime Minister and former President.

He said his party’s point of view is clear on Musharraf issue that law must be equal to everybody in the country.

When asked is there fresh govt-military rift over former president Pervez Musharraf’s treason trial, the Senator said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not consider any split between two institutions adding that there was no serious matter in this regard.

He said both parties had given great scarifies for the democracy in the country and wanted to strengthen this system.

Rabbani said Zardari has conveyed concerns of PPP and other opposition parties on Pakistan Protection Ordinance and the Prime Minister assure him to review the issue to make applicable legislation to curb terrorism in the country.

He said Nawaz Sharif and Zardari also discussed Taliban peace talks, Pakistan and overall security situation and other matters of national interest.

The Senator said that the two sides also discussed the ongoing operation in Karachi and financial crisis which Sindh government is facing now days.

2014-04-17

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