Nawaz, Zardari discuss political situation, security

Published April 16, 2014
Prime Minister  Nawaz Sharif met former president Asif Ali Zardari at PM House here on Wednesday April 16, 2014. — Photo by INP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met former president Asif Ali Zardari at PM House here on Wednesday April 16, 2014. — Photo by INP

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

Their meeting comes against the backdrop of the tensions between the country's civilian and military leaderships.

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

Earlier, both leaders held delegation-level talks and discussed the country’s political situation.

Federal ministers Ishaq Dar and Zahid Hamid assisted the prime minister and senior PPP leaders, including Khurshid Shah and Mian Raza Rabbani, accompanied Asif Ali Zardari.

Hamid briefed the meeting on the Protection of Pakistan Bill while a member of from the government side, Fawad Hassan Fawad, briefed the PPP delegation on the latest situation in the dialogue with the Talban.

Wednesday’s was one of the very few meetings between the two leaders since Zardari’s departure from the presidency.

It also comes a day after PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar extended his party’s support to the PML-N government against any “undemocratic adventurism”.

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