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Decisive day proved indecisive over 20th amendment


ISLAMABAD: The fourth session of talks over smooth passage of 20th Amendment bill from the parliament turned out to be irresolute even though Chaudhry Nisar claimed it be the ‘make or break day’ on Wednesday. The government has asked for more time in order to take its allies in confidence. The ruling coalition and opposition in the National Assembly seemed stalled by a deadlock on a constitution amendment bill seeking to validate more than two dozen post-Eighteenth Amendment by-elections.The fourth session of the talks was attended by the federal ministers Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar and Senator Raza Rabbani, while, the opposition was represented by Pakistan MuslimLeague-Nawaz (PML-N) senator Ishaq Dar, Zahid Hamid and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Speaking to media representatives after the meeting, Khursheed Shah said that “negotiations with PML-N were moving ahead steadily.” He said that the government has decided to put forward draft of the bill to the cabinet. “It (bill) will be made public after cabinet’s approval,” he added. Meanwhile, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said that some progress has been made in the talks with the opposition and “we will soon announce the good news.”