Back-door diplomacy worked, PPP, ANP may rejoin PDM

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman succeeded to bridge the gap between PPP and the anti-government alliance, sources in Islamabad said Wednesday.

Following show cause notice, the PPP’s Central Executive Committee on April 12, called upon its members to resign from all positions of the PDM.

Likewise, the ANP had withdrawn from the alliance after show-cause notices were issued to the party to explain their actions during the recently held Senate polls.

Sources said PPP was ready to reconsider Yousuf Raza Gillani’s position as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate — one of the main reasons that led to a divide in the alliance.

Reports said on the intervention of party president Shahbaz Sharif PML-N leaders had agreed on the return of PPP to the PDM. This was apparent from the remarks of Maryam Nawaz in press conference.

PLN-N top leadership believes the return of PPP and ANP would strengthen the anti-government alliance.

The PDM had a meeting on April 26, without the participation of PPP and ANP, during which Fazl urged the two estranged parties to reconsider their decisions to parting ways from the alliance.