Presidency, PPP indirect talks end in collapse

Presidency, PPP indirect talks end in collapse

The indirect talks between Presidency and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) aides have ended in collapsed here on Friday.

President Pervez Musharraf taking serious notice of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s statement that Musharraf is stumbling bloc in the way of democracy, directed all his advisors including former minister Tariq Azeem not to hold any talks with Zardari aides.

President Musharraf has denied to accept any reduction in president’s authorities and has said that article 58-2 (b) would not be removed.

He has also directed that National Security Council will not be abolished.

It is expected that president will hold meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza in next 48 hours to express his reservations over prevailing situation and the other political and economic issues will also be discussed.

According to sources, the president also wants to express his reservations over the political and economic situation to the prime minister and he does not want to interfere or cause any problems for the new government. The president is concerned that chances of foreign investment are reducing because of economic conditions.

Sources said President Musharraf sent reference against the chief justice in good faith. Sources also said there was no meeting between the President and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari despite having indirect contacts.

According to sources, presidency is not conspiring against the government and the fears of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are unfounded. All political parties are equal before the president and there are no favourites. The president does not want to interfere or cause any problems for the new government.

Sources said that any draft of constitutional package had not been sent to the presidency and some elements were damaging the country while advocating for independence of judiciary.