Pakistan

Nawaz, Zardari urge for change in political status quo as opposition’s APC kicks off

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s major opposition parties have come together to devise an anti-government strategy at an All Parties Conference hosted by the PPP.

Currently, a discussion is underway to mull whether mass protests or a demand for resignations will be adopted as the course of action to oust the government.

Speaking about this, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said that Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman had proposed the option of resignations, but the APC was still mulling over it.

“The leaders are bringing forward more proposals and the PML-N’s proposal will be a near reflection of what Nawaz had said [in his speech to the APC],” he said.

The PML-N stalwart said that for an in-house change, a legal option was present, adding however that “everyone’s stance is that protests be held against the government”

Sanaullah said that all the opposition leaders were on a single page to send the government packing.

“Nawaz Sharif had talked about a plan of action, Zardari also spoke clearly, and so did Maulana,” he said, adding that a team was meeting to devise an action plan.

Conference a ‘turning point’

Addressing the conference through a video link, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif thanked former president and PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari for his well wishes and expressed hope that “our efforts will surely come to fruition”.

“I am really thankful to all the opposition leaders for providing me an opportunity to address the people of my country. Although I am living abroad, I’m well aware of the circumstances and hardships our country is going through.

“I perceive this conference as a turning point where we can make major decisions for the country with courage,” Nawaz said, adding that it was an opportunity to make important decisions as those pinning their hopes to the opposition would otherwise be disappointed.

“I am speaking from my experience of serving this country; the soul of democracy lies in people being allowed to bring their opinions forward. According to the law, our democratic system relies on the opinions and say of the people.”

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