Opposition yet to decide mode of anti-govt protest

ISLAMABAD: Threatening to launch separate anti-government protests after Eid, the top leadership of all opposition parties will put their heads together at an “informal gathering” at Zardari House here on Sunday (today) in yet another effort to forge a grand opposition alliance.

While political analysts and media circles are giving importance to the Iftar-dinner being hosted by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the opposition leaders are trying to downplay the occasion, terming it “merely a get-together.”

“There is no formal agenda and no formal meeting. It is just a get-together of the opposition leaders as the party chairman [Mr Bhutto-Zardari] wants to establish rapport with them,” said PPP secretary general Farhatullah Babar.

However, he said, when “politicians meet, they do discuss politics” and “you can call it a tentative grand meeting of the opposition parties and it can be seen as a step towards a formal get-together in the near future.”

Mr Babar said the PPP chairman had invited all opposition parties and they were expecting participation of the leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Awami National Party, National Party and other smaller groups.

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