Asif Zardari Meets Hamza Shahbaz, Discusses by-election Strategy in Punjab

Asif Zardari Meets Hamza Shahbaz, Discusses by-election Strategy in Punjab

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in Punjab to resolve differences with the PML-N over ministries in Punjab 'as per his wish'. Developed a joint strategy with senior coalition partners. According to the Dawn newspaper, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz met Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House in Bahria Town and discussed the issues in detail.

Punjab Minister Ataullah Tararne, who was present at the meeting, told Dawn that "the PML-N and PPP leadership have agreed to jointly contest the by-elections on July 17 for 20 seats in the Punjab Assembly." Talking about the differences between the ministries, Ataullah Tarar said that "if there was such a problem, it would have been resolved".

Asked about the reasons for not giving portfolios to eight members of Hamza's cabinet and the reasons for the delay in its expansion, he said, "Both issues are likely to be finalized before this month's provincial budget."

PPP leaders from Punjab complained to Asif Ali Zardari that Hamza Shahbaz was reluctant to give his 'unanimous share' to his lawmakers in Punjab, the PPP has seven seats in the Punjab Assembly and the Sharifs allegedly gave him four.

He promised to appoint ministries and two advisers. The party is interested in the departments of finance, communication and works but the thinking in the PML-N circles is that the PPP should not have such important seats. In the current eight-member cabinet, two members belong to the PPP, but they remain "inactive" in the cabinet and other meetings due to lack of distribution of portfolios. Similarly, PPP parliamentary leader Hassan Murtaza has been pressuring Hamza to be given the post of senior minister and another ministry, but to no avail.

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