Feb 27, 2009

Reconciliation still an option: President

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that doors of reconciliation are still open with all parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for ensuring a smooth democratic process. The president expressed these views while talking to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chairman Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir, here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.The current political situation in the country was discussed along with law and order situation, particularly in FATA and Swat region.According to sources, Maulana Fazl briefed the president about his telephonic conversation with Shahbaz Sharif prior to the meeting, saying that the PML-N had not closed doors of negotiations and also desired smooth functioning of democratic institutions and had no intention to destabilize country.Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani also joined them during the meeting and expressed his point of view, the sources added.PM emphasized that the reconciliation process must not be stopped and the democracy should be allowed to flourish and any steps leading to another martial law should be avoided, sources maintained, adding that the president was of the view that he also regretted the Supreme Court verdict but added that "it is a mere decision of the court whether we like it or not."The president said that he also wanted an early end to Governor Rule in Punjab and desired that new government would be installed as quickly as possible, sources added. Meanwhile, President Zardari said that provision of justice to common man was the top priority of the government. He stated this during a meeting with a delegation of Peoples' Lawyers Forum headed by Sardar M Latif Khan Khosa, chairman PLF Pakistan. The participants included among others Kazim Khan, Sardar Khurram Latif Khosa, Iftikhar Shahid, Khawar Khatana, Shafqat Abbasi, Habibullah Shakir, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari, Zummurd Khan and Amir Fida Paracha.

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