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Opposition Parties Hold Grand Show At Iftar Dinner

Opposition Parties Discuss Political and Economic Situation At Bilawal’s Iftar Dinner

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari hosted an Iftar dinner in honor of leading opposition political parties in Islamabad on Sunday.

Leaders of ten political parties appeared at the Iftar dinner.

Opposition parties unite against a common enemy

It was a grand show as leaders of all the opposition parties were seen united to discuss the strategy to run a political campaign against the government of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The participants of the dinner offered fatiha for the deceased son of PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira who died in a road accident at his hometown LalaMusa Punjab on Friday.

Maryam Nawaz And Maulana Fazlur Rehman were prominent guests

Maryam Nawaz was leading the delegation of PML-N leaders including former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Assembly opposition Leader Hamza Shahbaz, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Pervaiz Rashid.

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Liaquat Baloch, Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Sherpao, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leadership among other prominent politicians attended the dinner.

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Different leaders of PPP including Yousaf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, along with Farhatullah Babar, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Rehman Malik attended the iftar-dinner. Also present on the occasion – Chaudhry Manzoor, Naveed Qamar, and Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, along with Humayun Khan and Pulwasha Khan.

Opposition parties express reservations

The opposition expressed reservation over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s raids, inflation, and devaluation of Pakistani rupee.

The opposition rejected an increase in petrol and gas prices. They said the government’s flawed policies had put the country into a crisis situation.

All opposition parties have expressed their willingness to hold separate protests across the country after Ramzan.

Bilawal’s iftar-dinner stirred debate on social media

With leaders of major opposition parties coming together for an Iftar-dinner, Twitterati went into a frenzy with certain quarters heralding the event while others castigating it.

Some were clearly not pleased.

Others didn’t see anything wrong with such an event.

While the opposition seems to be unifying under the guise of commonality of purpose, the government is seen accusing the opposition of coming together in order to protect their corruption.

In this entire squabble, social media seems to be siding with the government, for now.


Faisal Rahat

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