Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has summoned a meeting of the coalition parties for consultation on prevailing political situation as the Supreme Court is set to resume hearing on petition seeking simultaneous elections in the country on Thursday (April 27).
The meeting will be held on Wednesday and all parliamentary leaders of the coalition parties are expected to attend it at the Prime Minister’s House. The premier would hold consultation regarding dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Punjab elections.
The meeting will discuss talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) along with the ongoing hearing in the Supreme Court of Pakistan over elections in Punjab.
The legal team including the Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar and Attorney General of Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan will brief on the legal aspects of the apex court hearing.
While the members of the ruling coalition, who have been nominated into a committee for talks with PTI, will brief on the situation of dialogue and the point of view of other political parties in the coalition government.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif confirmed he had called the meeting of his coalition partners in a phone call with the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) political party, Siraj-ul-Haq, in which the two leaders also exchanged Eid greetings.
Last week, the JI chief held a meeting with the prime minister and his arch-rival Imran Khan in Lahore while trying to convince them to sort out their political differences over the upcoming elections through constructive negotiations.
As the prime minister, it is more of your responsibility to find a solution to the political crisis, Siraj-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by the JI information secretary, Qaisar Sharif, in a Twitter post.
I am consulting with the coalition parties after my meeting with you, the Tweet also mentioned the PM’s response to the JI chief. I have called a meeting of coalition parties on April 26.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan is scheduled to take up the election delay case on Thursday. The court ordered snap polls in the most populated Punjab province to be held on May 14 earlier this month, saying a date would later be agreed for the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, pending technical issues.
More recently, it asked the leading political stakeholders to discuss the issue among themselves and inform the bench about the outcome to their talks during its hearing on Thursday.