Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, in a recent meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, asked him to not dissolve the assemblies, assuring of a new setup after consultations, said an insider on Wednesday.

The two leaders held a meeting on Sunday days after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan threatened to dissolve provincial assemblies in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to talk about a new political strategy. 

Matters of “mutual interests”, the county’s overall situation, Punjab’s current political situation, fear of assembly dissolution and other matters were discussed in the meeting held in Islamabad. 

Federal minister Tariq Bashir Cheema and Rukhsana Bangash also attended the meeting.

The insider said that Zardari assured Shujaat that PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz will not be the chief minister of Punjab in the new setup.

Meanwhile, Shujaat guaranteed the former president he would talk to Chief Minister Parvez Elahi who is his cousin.

Zardari has begun holding consultations regarding the political situation in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a possible no-confidence motion against Punjab CM with the allies. 

The Imran Khan-led PTI has been trying to force the incumbent government to hold snap polls and seeking a date for the general elections, threatening if polls are not held, it would dissolve the provincial assemblies.


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