Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has endorsed the decision of opposition parties to field Mian Raza Rabbani as consensus candidate for the office of Chairman Senate.

Speaking at luncheon meeting in honor of political leaders in Islamabad today, he said that PML-N has initiated the process of broad based consultation for emerging a consensus on the national issues which has yielded positive results and opening new political traditions.

He regretted that PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardri held a consultative meeting of the political parties last night to nominate a consensus candidate but it might have been better that he also invivited him to participate i the meeting. However he said now when the political parties have reached on a consensus on the name of Mian Raza Rabbani his party also endorses his name to promote culture of consensus.

Nawaz Sharif said that he also sent message to former President Asif Ali Zaradri to move forward the process of mutual consultation on the issue of the election of the Chairman and deputy chairman but did not receive any feed back. 

He said the present government launched this initiative during the last one and half years and arranged meetings of the political leadership for reaching on a national consensus on all all important issues.

He said new democratic traditions have been set by the government and this process will continue to move forward the democratic process and the country in positive directions. He said this consultation process will be help full in forging unity among the political leadership to resolve the issues. He hoped that today's meeting will also be helpful to reach on a consensus candidates for the election of Chairman and deputy Chairman Senate.

The Prime Minister said the government along with other political parties made serious and successful efforts to overcome horse trading and stop money game in the political process.

The leaders of PPP, ANP, MQM, JUI, PKMP and PNP attended the meeting.  

Talking to an MQM delegation Prime Minister said PML-N believes in taking decisions on all important national issues through consensus.

The delegation congratulated the Prime Minister on taking the magnanimous decision of supporting the consensus candidate for Chairman Senate.

The Delegation included Farooq Sattar, Rauf Siddiqui, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Kunwar Naveed and Mian Ateeq.

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