PDM to discuss anti-govt strategy today

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ISLAMABAD: The Opposition alliance is meeting today to deliberate upon its anti-government strategy but the PPP and ANP have not been invited to the steering committee meeting. According to a report, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided in principle that it would not invite them to the next meeting of leaders of its component parties after they announced to quit the alliance following show-cause notices.

The PDM had served notices to PPP and ANP after they uniliaterlly got Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani elected Opposition leader in the Senate violating the consensus decision of the PDM.

The publication reported that the PDM would discuss the anti-government movement, long march and resignations from the assemblies after Eid-ul-Fitr.

The sources, who are privy to the recent contacts among former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, confided that these leaders have developed a consensus that leadership of PPP and ANP would not be invited in the next meeting of leaders of component parties.

They said both Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rahman were of the view that if the PPP and ANP gave appropriate replies to the clarification sought by PDM, then they could again become its part but these parties acted against their expectations.

The sources said Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rahman now adopted a strict stance against PPP and ANP and both of them also informed Shahbaz Sharif about it during their separate telephonic conversations with him.

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