PPP, PML-N teams fail to make breakthrough in 5th consecutive sitting

ISLAMABAD: The fifth round of talks between the consultative committees of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) remained inconclusive on Monday as both the parties stuck to their respective positions.

Both the committees met on Monday and held first round of talks. Informed sources have told Pakistan Today that the PPP is insisting on not being a part of the federal cabinet but the PML-N has floated a new proposal and the PPP has promised to discuss it with its leadership.

“During the first round of talks, the PML-N committee floated some new proposals and the PPP committee went back for discussions. However, the PPP team did not return for the second round of talks. Now the second round of talks has been postponed for Tuesday. We hope that there would be some breakthrough today (Tuesday),” the sources said.

The sources expressed hope that both the parties would agree to a power sharing formula today (Tuesday). The sources said that the pressure was now building on the PPP leadership to cut a deal as failure may eventually lead to any hazard to democratic process.

PML-N leader PML-N Azam Nazir Tarar, in an informal conversation with journalists, said the talks are moving forward in a positive direction.

“Some things have already been decided on the matter of PPP’s inclusion in the cabinet,” Tarar added.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Muttahidda Qoumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) met with the PML-N team and discussed the future alliance between the two parties.

The development comes after two parties held a meeting to discuss the formation of government in the Centre.

Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori, Mustafa Kamal and Farooq Sattar were present in the meeting, while Ishaq Dar, Ayaz Sadiq and Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan were part of the PML-N delegation.

Sources said the MQM-Pakistan has sought PML-N’s support for three constitutional amendments in return for joining the coalition government in the Centre, a party spokesperson said on Monday.

The sources said giving constitutional cover to the devolution of power and resources was their responsibility.

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