Opposition leaders decide to form joint strategy on national issues

Opposition leaders decide to form joint strategy on national issues

The Opposition parties have decided to form a committee to devise a joint course of action on important national matters.

The decision was taken at a meeting of opposition leaders hosted by Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif over lunch in his chamber at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

According to the statement issued after the meeting, the committee will have representation from all the opposition parties.

The opposition parties discussed overall internal, political, economic situation of the country.

The participants of the meeting voiced concerns over increase in the tariffs of power and gas and hike in the prices of essential commodities including medicines.

They strongly criticized economic policies of the government including the devaluation of currency.

The opposition parties also rejected the government's move to present a mini budget. They said it will only add to the problems of the common man.

The opposition parties decided to stay united for the protection of the democratic, economic and human rights of the people.

The meeting was attended by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PPP Co Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Syed Khurshid Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Sherry Rehman of PPP and PML (N) leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Sanaullah, Pervez Rashid Dr Asif Kirmani and Marriyum Aurangzeb.

Asad Mehmoud and Maulana Wasay represented the MMA.

On the special invitiation of the opposition parties, the meeting was also attended by BNP's Agha Hassan Baloch and Haji Hashim.