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Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, 22 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called on Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj ul Haq in Lahore. Both the leaders discussed the political situation in the country.

Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Syed Hassan Murtaza, Faisal Karim Kundi, Sardar Salim Haider and Saeed Ghani accompanied the Chairman PPP.

After the meeting, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari talking to the media said that according to the democratic traditions, the opposition leader in the Senate should be from the party that has the majority. Chairman Bilawal responding to a question said that the PPP does not have it in its genes to compromise and be selected because we have always believed in a fair competition.

The manner, with which Maryam Nawaz Sharif has been called by the NAB, makes it obvious that the institution itself is inviting criticism. Responding another question he said that any statement by Maryam Nawaz will be addressed by my vice president.

Chairman PPP said that it is the responsibility of the politicians to ensure that political parties look for common ground on issues such as that of electoral reforms, accountability and Kashmir. The PPP and the JI have the similar stance on these issues. We are organic political parties. However, there are political parties in the country that use foul language. We have been resisting and condemning rigging in elections and it should be stopped.

Chairman Bilawal responding to the questions by the journalists said that the economic crisis is the biggest challenge that the country is facing, and that he had made an effort to engage all parties while forming the PDM. Nawaz Sharif’s demand of there being the same standard of accountability for everyone including generals has been made today, while we have been demanding the same for the past three generations. NAB, as an institution should not be used for carrying out personal vendetta. In both the National and Punjab assemblies, the situation is extremely favorable to no-confidence movements. A tough time should be given to the government from inside and outside the Parliament.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he will hold a separate press conference on PDM if needed, and that we want to create hurdles for the government by reaching a common ground with JI as well as other opposition political parties.