ISLAMABAD: The All Parties Conference (APC), which the current government convened to discuss significant security and economic issues faced by Pakistan, has been postponed for the second time this week.
The multi-party conference was initially scheduled on February 7(today). However, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb rescheduled the conference for Thursday, February 9, in a tweet yesterday. She didn’t explain why the meeting was rescheduled.
She claimed in another tweet today that the meeting has been rescheduled once again because Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will be traveling to Turkiye on Wednesday. A new date will be determined after consulting with the allies.
On Monday, a strong earthquake shook Turkey and Syria, killing almost 4,000 people. Rescue efforts are underway in the nations. A number of individuals are trapped beneath the rubble.
Aurangzeb announced in a tweet today that PM Shehbaz will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He’ll express condolences for those killed in the earthquake.
The APC meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 9 has been postponed because of the prime minister’s visit to Turkey.
The decision by PM Shehbaz to call the multi-party meeting last week was viewed as a significant development given the country’s escalating political climate.
Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI and a former prime minister, was also extended an invitation to the conference. Former speaker and federal minister Sardar Ayaz Sadiq officially handed the invitation to party leaders Pervez Khattak and Asad Qaiser.
Fawad Chaudhry, the PTI’s leader, asserts that the party has not yet received an official invitation to the conference.
The All-Party Conference takes place when terrorist activity in the nation is on the rise. The nation is also experiencing issues on the economic front at the same time.