Unforgiving in his criticism of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took a jibe at a recent picture of Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid with Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah.

“They reach for our feet when they are in trouble, but try to wring our necks when they are out of trouble,” Bilawal tweeted as he shared a picture of Rashid and Shah. In the picture, the information minister can be seen leaning forward to touch Shah’s feet in a gesture of respect ahead of their meeting on Monday.

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Making clear that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) did not intend to take it to the street on the issue, Shah said it was the government forcing them [to stage the protest].

The opposition leader also took the opporunity to criticse the government, saying it had failed to bring relief to masses facing an everyday inflation, power outages and several other issues.

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Shah, who met Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari over the weekend, said Zardari had directed him to resolve the issue after consulting other opposition parties in the committee.

Speaking to reporters at his chamber in the National Assembly in Islamabad, the opposition leader said the former president has told Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan to take opposition parties into confidence.

“PPP will take a final decision, in case negotiations with the government on formation of ToRs fail,” he said.

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Discussing options the opposition has over the deadlock, Shah walked a tight rope, expressing hope that the matter can be resolved in parliament. He, however, was cautious not to openly endorse street protests as suggested by fellow opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), but was bullish enough to warn the government against ruling out street agitation if the matter is not resolved amicably.

Asked whether the government has been incompetent to thrash a way out of the deadlock, Shah said it was more “immaturity”.