The Muslim Times’ Editor for Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD: While options for the beleaguered Pakistan Peoples Party appear to be narrowing, the ruling alliance has decided to use the platform of parliament to deal with threats emanating from the judiciary on the National Reconciliation Ordinance ( NRO) issue.
After a brief lull of a few days, the executive and the judiciary once again appear to be heading towards a head-on confrontation afterTuesday’s Supreme Court decision on the NRO implementation case.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who rushed to the capital, held a meeting with senior leaders of coalition parties. All of them advised the government to find a ‘middle way’ and not to adopt a hostile approach.
Before the meeting, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani held a one-on-one meeting. The senior leadership of the PPP also had another meeting of their core committee. While an overwhelming majority of the core committee members wanted to fight the party’s case in the full glare of the public eye, quieter voices again urged the party leadership not to adopt a confrontational posture, a source privy to the meeting said.
Most of the participants of the core committee meeting declined to share details, saying that they were under oath that they would not divulge a word.
“I can tell you the meeting was held in a very serious atmosphere. We took an oath not to divulge any details,” one of the senators who attended the meeting said.
Another participant said that the party will continue to contest conspiracies against the government, irrespective of whether it was in power or not He said the party will fight its case openly and expose ‘conspirators’.