Govt, opposition agree to pursue 10 points of PML-N: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said the government, its allies and opposition parties in the parliament have agreed to pursue a common national agenda to overcome economic and political challenges.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday at Prime Minister House, the Prime Minister told that he talked to PML(N) Chief Nawaz Sharif on phone to convey his desire to work together.

Nawaz Sharif expressed his readiness to form a PML-N committee headed by Senator Ishaq Dar to reach a consensus with government for implementing a 10 point agenda.

The Prime Minister clarified that Nawaz Sharif did not give any ultimatum for implementation of agenda unveiled at a press conference a few days back.

Gilani said he considered the proposals of PML-N a golden opportunity through which the political parties can work together to resolve multifarious issues of law and order and economy.

Before responding to the proposals of Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister in the evening telephoned President Asif Ali Zardari, PML-Q President Ch. Shujaat Hussain, MMQ Chief Altaf Hussain, PML leader Pir Pagaro, JUI-F chief Malauna Fazlur Rehman, Aftab Sherpao and leader from FATA Munir Orakzai, who extended their support to his political initiative.

The Prime Minister said he had full backing of PPP for his parleys with the political leadership.

He said Nawaz Sharif told him that a deadline would not be an issue if PML-N saw progress on the issues raised by it.

The PML-N chief also assured of his party’s support to the PPP government at the centre and provinces saying PML-N would not want to disturb the government.

Gilani categorically stated that the government would not introduce any amendment in the parliament to change blasphemy laws.

The Prime Minister said the government would continue its policy of political reconciliation with the help of which in the past the parliament unanimously passed 18th and 19th amendments and NFC award was approved.

The Prime Minister informed that in the first phase Steel Mills, Railways and PEPCO will be restructured to stem losses to the national economy.