Cabinet meets today to counter opposition move

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

Federal cabinet will sit together Today (Tuesday) with Prime Minister Imran Khan in chair to devise a strategy as a response to opposition protest movement after EID.

Sources told Daily Morning Mail that cabinet will analyze current political and economic situation of the country and members of the cabinet will give their suggestions to give relief to the poor masses in budget.

The cabinet meeting would discuss opposition’s antigovernment protest with coalition parties as well so that opposition move could not be succeeded.

The meeting is expected to discuss recent hike in dollar price, soaring inflation and overall economic situation.

The cabinet would be briefed on the preparations of the next budget as well by the advisor finance and their team. The premier would tell the cabinet about his expected visit to Saudi Arabia this month to attend the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation session.

The cabinet’s 5 point agenda would also include forming boards for local governments. The appointment of judge of banking court in Karachi and approval of induction of outsider in monetary policy committee are also included in agenda. The matter related to Pakistan credit guarantee company as Development Fiscal institution will come under discussion in the meeting.

On Sunday, The opposition parties have decided to hold an All Parties Conference (APC) after Eid in a major huddle hosted by the Pakistan Peoples Party in the federal capital to formulate a strategy against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.

The APC will be convened by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman to discuss opposition’s future course of action in regards to putting up a front against the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in press conference after the meeting said “We have decided to keep on meeting to discuss Pakistan’s issues and find solutions to the people’s problems,” Bilawal added before announcing that all the opposition parties will launch a protest inside and outside the parliament after Eid.

The former prime minister and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi PML-N’s Abbasi said that “there is an agreement among opposition parties that the government has failed to run this government.”

“We will keep on consulting each other and after Eid there will be an APC where it will be decided what the opposition’s joint strategy should be,” he added.

Maryam Nawaz defended the Charter of Democracy signed by former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, saying that the civilian governments managed to finish two successive terms because of that accord. “This had never happened before,” she added. “That Charter of Democracy did not end there. The new generation will keep on adding to it.”

Maryam acknowledged that “the PML-N and PPP have been arch rivals” but said that “our upbringing is such that when we become allies we also do that with full sincerity.”