ISLAMABAD: In an important development, the joint opposition on Sunday agreed to summon an All Paties Conference (APC) after Eidul Fitr.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday after hosting an Iftar dinner, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that a single party cannot resolve issues of the country.
He said that all political parties have announced to hold protest movement against the government after Eidul Fitr, adding that protest would be lodged inside and outside the parliament.
Bilawal said that the opposition would devise a joint strategy regarding the protest movement in the all parties conference, adding that the country s economy was put on stake.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman said, “I would like to thank Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari for inviting all opposition parties on the iftar dinner and providing an opportunity for everyone to sit together and devise a joint strategy over the issues.”
He said that the date for the APC would be announced after Eidul Fitr.
Speaking on the occasion, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Moulana Fazalur Rehman will summon a meeting of the all parties conference to devise a joint strategy against the government.
He said that the government has failed to run the country.
Earlier, the PPP chairman invited opposition leaders, including PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif, to an Iftar dinner. The opposition parties’ meeting also includes delegations from Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamaat-e-Islami. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shehbaz are also attending the meeting.
Among other leaders attending the Iftar dinner are Aftab Sherpao, Liaquat Baloch, PTM leaders and Shah Awais Noorani.
Akhtar Mengal and Mahmood Khan Achazkzai have excused from attending the meeting due to prior personal commitments.
The opposition rejected the recent proposed hike in the prices of oil and gas. The opposition leaders also expressed their concerns over NAB actions.
Sources said that Bilawal Bhutto has played an important role to bring the opposition on the same page. Sunday’s iftar dinner could prove an important step for the protest movement against PTI’s Government.