ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari is pursuing the policy of reconciliation, making contacts with all political leaders, in a bid to hinder any setback to the democracy.
The political activity during the last week seemed to push the coalition to a shaky verge, prompting President Zardari to step in urging all sides to follow the path of reconciliation and mutual accommodation, Spokesman to the President Farhatullah Babar said on Friday.The strategy, in line with the Charter of Democracy backs the politics of mutual accommodation and acts as a damage-control measure to strengthen the democracy.President Zardari telephoned PML(N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif and MQM chief Altaf Hussain to remove any misunderstandings that surfaced after some party members levelled allegations against each other and used uncivilized language.
The talks with the political leaders focused on adopting a reconciliatory attitude in politics to ensure harmony among all the coalition partners for smooth sailing. He urged the two party chiefs to stop their leaders from issuing derogatory statements against each other.
It was President Zardari’s second telephonic contact with Nawaz Sharif during the current month as earlier he called him to invite to an official banquet for the Chinese prime minister. The President early this month also proposed formation of the joint committee in his letter addressed to Nawaz Sharif.
Zardari’s telephone to Altaf Hussain was to assure him that the PPP would address his party’s grievances. He assured that ties between MQM and the PPP were strong and would grow further in the days ahead.
The President also convened a meeting of PPP ministers, advisors and MPAs of Sindh at Bilawal House Thursday night to discuss how the policy of reconciliation could be followed to cement the relations between politicians.
He also directed the PPP leaders to refrain from issuing provocative statements against the coalition partners.
To redress the concerns of JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, President Zardari during his official visit to Turkey directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to convey his sentiments to Maulana that PPP would remove his party’s apprehensions.
The policy of reconciliation set out in the Charter of Democracy was also outlined in her posthumous book “Reconciliation” by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Pursuit of the policy of reconciliation will strengthen democracy, making it more representative and vibrant, Farhatullah Babar said.