President Asif Ali Zardari has once again extended hand of friendship to PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif and invited him to nominate senior Party representatives to "jointly take difficult decisions required to take the country forward".

Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said on Sunday that the invitation has been extended in a letter addressed to the former Prime Minister in response to Mian Nawaz Sharif's letter of November 10 in which he had raised some issues and expressed his concerns.

The president had promptly acknowledged the letter and promised to send a detailed reply soon, he said and added that the formal reply was delivered to Mian Nawaz Sharif at his residence at Rai Wind (Lahore).

The president in his letter also sought cooperation of the PML-N in the GST Bill 2010 reminding him that his Party's nominee Ishaq Dar the former Finance Minister along with the senators of all major political parties had unanimously recommended the GST law with some 15 amendments.

"The Senate adopted those recommendations along with the Bill, and referred it to the National Assembly. We also hoped for your support in the National Assembly for the passage of this important reform measure," the letter said.

A copy of the letter was also sent to the prime minister. Taking note of the PML-N Quaid's concern about the Ehtesab Bill, the president recalled the history of how the proposed bill passed through successive stages of legislative process before the PML-N protested that their amendments had not been fully incorporated in it.

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