ISLAMABAD - Finally, Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman landed in Prime Minister’s House to have a formal meeting with him in a bid to bridge the chasm created between the two coalition partners over the past few months.

Sources in JUI-F confirmed to The Nation that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured Moulana Fazlur Rehman of addressing all his party’s major concerns in a first one-on-one meeting between the two in past several months, though both have been interacting with each other on many occasions in the past and the recent one was at the inauguration of the Metro Bus Service a week ago.

The differences between the two parties touched all-time low when on the occasion of passage of 21st Constitutional Amendment ruling PML-N had left JUI-F at bay by putting all the amendments proposed in the said piece of legislation into dustbin.

Later, the chasm between the two grew to further and at times people started expecting the break-up in both the parties but the coalition survived due to political sagacity shown by both the parties.

The sources informed that this time it was the sole initiative of Premier Sharif who had managed to woo Moulana Fazlur Rehman and on his insistence he (Fazl) agreed on one-on-one meeting with Premier.

The sources said that most of the contentious matters between the two were resolved at the meeting and Premier Sharif has explained his limitations at the time of the passage of 21st Constitutional Amendment and assured that the government would not object to it in case the superior judiciary gives direction to the government for incorporation of JUI-F’s proposed amendments including the delinking of terrorism with seminaries.

Similarly, it was further agreed that under the agreement of power sharing formula with the ruling PML-N the slot of state minister vacated by JUI-F leader Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri would be doled out to the party and as soon as the party gives its nominee he would duly be inducted as state minister.

The sources further said that Moulana Fazlur Rehman also complained about PML-N’s indifference towards the opposition parties’ protest against PTI government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa on alleged charges of rigging.