Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani visited the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) president and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his party centre in Peshawar to discuss the current political and judicial crises in the country.
The two leaders offered Fateha for the late religious affairs minister, JUI-F MNA Mufti Abdul Shakoor, who recently died in a road accident in Islamabad. Sanjrani, accompanied by a JUI-F delegation, also visited the residence of the late party MNA, to offer his condolences to the bereaved family.
The Senate Chairman aims to convince the JUI-F Chief to participate in the government’s negotiations with the PTI. The JUI-F is the only party in the ruling coalition opposing talks with the PTI.
On Thursday, the JUI-F chief announced that his party would not participate in the negotiations with the opposition party over the date of elections. He said that the matter should be handled by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which should exercise its powers.
On the same day, Sanjrani penned separate letters to the leader of the house and the opposition to nominate members from both the treasury and opposition benches to constitute a special committee for holding a political dialogue. In the letters, the Senate chairman wrote that both leaders, Senator Ishaq Dar and Dr Shahzad Waseem, were requested to provide the names of four members for inclusion in the special committee within two days.
Sanjrani added that the Senate, being a stabilising factor of the federation, was constitutionally bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the national and political harmony vis-a-vis the national and public interest.