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The federal government has finalised a strategy to present its point of view on the defunct National Reconciliation Ordinance and the 18th Amendment in the Supreme Court, focusing on the point that President Asif Ali Zardari enjoys the immunity, and the cases cannot be reopened as these stand past and closed transaction. The strategy was finalised at a dinner meeting at the Presidency hosted by President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday night for members of the federal cabinet belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party. In the dinner meeting, which was also attended by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and the PPP members of the cabinet discussed the current political situation in the country. According to sources, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan, who was the author of the strategy, briefed the meeting about the government’s view that is to be taken at the Supreme Court in the coming week. Sources said Dr Babar Awan is fully prepared to defend the government’s view on the NRO as the PPP believes that it restored democracy and the judiciary. The sources said the main focus of the government will be that the president enjoyed the immunity and no cases against him could be opened in the courts of law. Sources said the government will defend the 18 Amendment in the Supreme Court. The sources said during the meeting all the federal ministers appreciated the reconciliation policies of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. However, some voices were raised on the continued attack of the PML-N on the top leadership of the PPP, saying that some of the PML-N leaders wanted to bring back the 90s era when both the parties were engaged in political confrontation. However, the sources said it was also decided that the reconciliation policy with the PML-N and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will take up this issue will Nawaz Sharif in his schedule meeting on his return from London. The sources said the forthcoming budget was also discussed in the meeting. Adviser to the PM Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh briefed the meeting about his meetings with the IMF and sketch of the forthcoming budget. Those who attended the dinner meeting included Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani , Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan, Pir Aftab Shah Jilani, ChAhmed Mukhtar, Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Rehman A Malik, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Senator Dr Babar Awan, Humayun Aziz Kurd, Shahbaz Bhatti, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Najamuddin Khan, Lal Muhammad Khan, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Shahid Hussain Bhutto, Ch Imtiaz Safdar Waraich, Sardar Salim Haider Khan, Ghulam Farid Kathia, Hina Rabbani Khar, Mohammad Tariq Anis, Dr. Ayatullah Durrani, Syed Sumsam Ali S Bukhari, Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi, Nabil Ahmed Gabol, Mohammad Afzal Sandhu, Shagufta Jumani, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa and Nawabzada Ghazanfar Ali Gul. MNAs Fouzia Wahab, Fouzia Habib and Rukhsana Bangash were also present during the dinner meeting.
By: The News