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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the heads of allied parties decided on Monday that they would accompany Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to the Supreme Court today (Tuesday) to express their solidarity with him.

 

The meeting was held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and was jointly presided over by PPP Co-chairman and President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Basharat Raja of the PML-Q, Asfandyar Wali Khan and Senator Afrasiab Khattak of ANP, Dr Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Khan Ghouri of the MQM, Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri of the BNP, Hameedullah Jan Afridi, Munir Khan Orakzai and Senator Abbas Khan Afridi of Fata.

 

Former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Law Minister Senator Farooq H Naek, Minister for Water & Power Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Ms Mehreen Anwar Raja and Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present during the meeting.

 

Briefing about the meeting, spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the current situation with focus on energy issues, floods situation, law and order situation and coalition matters were discussed during the meeting.

 

The prime minister briefed the meeting on the current power situation in the country and various measures being taken to overcome the power shortage in the country. The meeting was informed that various immediate steps undertaken by the government had resulted in a steadily improving power situation and expressed the hope that with the rising water levels in reservoirs as a result of the recent rains, the power generation would improve. The president directed for vigorous steps to address the power issue.

 

The meeting was also updated on the latest flood situation in various parts of the country and the steps taken for the relief and rehabilitation of flood and rain victims. The meeting expressed sympathies with the victims of floods and torrential rains in the country. The meeting also condemned the anti-Islam film and called it an act of grave provocation.

 

The PM also briefed the meeting on coalition parties about his recent visit to China and bilateral meetings with Chinese leadership and world leaders on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Participants of the meeting prayed for the victims of fire incidents in Lahore and Karachi and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

 

Law Minister Farooq H Naek briefed the meeting on the status of various court cases. It was decided that the PM will appear before the Supreme Court today, and the coalition partners will accompany him to the court as a mark of solidarity. Coalition partners reiterated their full support to the government. The president also hosted a dinner for the heads of allied parties.