ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan People’s Party leadership is in a state of indecision whether to take up the Rangers’ powers issue at the forum of Council of Common Interests or try to resolve it through a meeting with the prime minister and other stakeholders as proposed by the Nawaz Sharif in his brief interaction with Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at Karachi airport yesterday.

Sources aware of the developments taking place on this front informed The Nation that soon after receiving the prime minister at airport Sindh CM left the venue for medical check up as he was having pain in chest. For rest of his engagements with the prime minister he was not in attendance at any event and stayed away on health reasons, as portrayed by the some senior party leaders.

Sources further informed that Qaim Shah had discussed the invitation extended to him by prime minister with senior party leaders who are contemplating whether to discuss the matter with the PM or take it to the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

Sources said that some of the senior party leaders including Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah were of the view that the CM along with his legal team and a select cabinet members should meet the PM to sort out the issue while there was another view within the party to take the matter to CCI, the appropriate forum to discuss the contentious matters between the centre and the provinces, where Sindh government could have an opportunity to woo the support of other provinces on the issue.

Sources further informed that the chief minister would soon be writing a letter to prime minister seeking time for discussion on the centre-province row over the Rangers’ policing powers in the port city and explaining the provincial government’s point of view on it which was set aside by the federal government.

On the other hand, ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was determined not to concede ground on the issue as PM Nawaz was of the considered view that they must not show laxity on the subject as it would tantamount to waste the gains of ongoing targeted-operation against criminals in port city of Karachi.

During his interaction with the traders’ community in Karachi yesterday the prime minister had made it clear that his government would take the ongoing military operation against criminals in Karachi to its logical conclusion. However, the PM also wanted to resolve the prevailing tension between the federal and Sindh governments and that was the reason he has extended invitation to Qaim to visit Islamabad.

Sources in the PML-N informed that the prime minister during his stay in Karachi was to take up the issue with the chief minister but as the CM was unwell and after receiving the Premier at the airport left for his medical checkup, he could not join him in rest of his engagements in the city and hence the matter of Rangers’ issue could not be discussed by the two.

Soon after his landing at the airport both the leaders had a word on the Rangers’ issue and as chief minister told the prime minister that he was not feeling well, the Premier asked him to come over to Islamabad to discuss the matter at length in the presence of all stakeholders.