KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have renewed their commitment to adhere to democratic principles in the light of the Charter of Democracy (CoD), signed between Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif fourteen years ago.
Both the parties stressed that the 1973 Constitution should be implemented in letter and spirit, as the constitution was the only way forward to a brighter future for Pakistan.
Leader of Opposition in National Assembly and PML-N President Mian Shahbaz Sharif visited Bilawal House and met former President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Chaudhry Ahsan Iqbal, Muhammad Zubair, Maryam Aurangzeb and other leaders also accompanied Shahbaz Sharif, while Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Farhatullah Babar, Syed Naveed Qamar, Nisar Ahmad Khuhro, Syed Waqar Mehdi, Aajiz Dhamrah from PPP were also present in the meeting.
Leadership of the two parties discussed the overall political situation in the country, the aftermath of the worst monsoon rains and flooding and the difficulties faced by the people.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that it was important for political parties to take realistic measures to address climate stress and the extreme weather that it had unleashed all over Pakistan, including Karachi. He stated that political parties had to put their differences aside and should not treat calamities as a platform for political point-scoring.
He said that people were looking for relief, from the collapse of governance, serial load-shedding, crippling inflation and an alarming lack of clarity about stated goals on foreign policy, rising debt, misuse of Parliament and the abuse of fundamental rights.
At the meeting, the leadership of both the parties agreed that they would work together for the supremacy of the Constitution and the Parliament, for free judiciary and free media; the protection of the democratic process and the protection of the constitutional and democratic rights of the people.