LAHORE: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Saturday said that both former president Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in their today’s meeting have reiterated their commitment to uphold supremacy of the Constitution and rule of law in the country, while expressing strong resolve to thwart any unconstitutional move.
Talking to mediamen after the conclusion of meeting between top leadership of the PML-N and PPP, the minister informed that Asif Zardari had reiterated Pakistan Peoples Party’s stance taken in both houses of the Parliament to support the democratic system.
He said the former president expressed the firm resolve that the solution of the political issues should be within the constitutional parameters.
The Prime Minister, he said, thanked Zardari for extending complete support for the supremacy of law, constitution and parliament.
He said presently, the government was holding dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to resolve the issues.
He said it was reflective from the fact that the government showed flexibility by allowing PAT and PTI to hold marches and stage sit-ins.
He said there would be no compromise on supremacy of the law and constitution, ruling out Prime Minister’s resignation in categorical terms.
He said the national economy was being affected due to prevailing situation, besides heads of Maldives and Sri Lanka have postponed their visits to Pakistan.
Depreciation in Pakistan currency was also being witnessed, which needed to be effectively handled, senator Ishaq Dar noted.
He said the meeting also discussed that other parliamentary parties, on their own, could also contact PAT and PTI to defuse tension, adding all parliamentary parties were united to safeguard democracy by rejecting all unconstitutional demands.
He said the government announced formation of a judicial commission to look into the alleged rigging in 2013 polls and it would give its impartial findings into the issue.
He said the PML-N had also reservations about election transparency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, but for the larger interests of the country and continuity of the democratic process, it had accepted them.
Minister for Defence Khawaja Mohammad Asif said that during the meeting, the Prime Minister and Asif Ali Zardari reiterated their full support for the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution.
Zardari maintained that PPP would not support any unconstitutional steps and noted that demand for PM’s resignation would weaken the state, he informed the media men.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique to a query, replied that the meeting between top leadership of the PPP and the PML-N today strengthened the commitment made by both parties for supremacy of the Constitution and rule of law.
He advised PTI chairman Imran Khan to learn from such consensus reached between two parties leaders for upholding the rule of law and strengthening the Constitution in today’s meeting.
Minister for Finance Mohammad Ishaq Dar opined that everyone should manifest maturity in politics as such scenarios had pushed Pakistan back.
Responding to a query, he said the present government in the country had shown much flexibility when compared to other set-ups in the past.
He said the PTI’s demands had already been met; by sending a request for setting up a Judicial Commission and other regarding electoral reforms.
All the aspects had been comprehensively discussed during the meeting and there was no ambiguity, he added.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch told the mediamen to wait for the outcome of the response of the PTI leadership after the meeting of two committees.