PPP rules out possibility of contesting polls 'in alliance with PDM'.

ISLAMABAD -- As rumours regarding differences between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) intensify, former president Asif Ali Zardari - who is also the co-chairman of the party - ruled out the possibility of contesting the next elections for an alliance with the ruling coalition.

Addressing a press conference in Vehari, the party co-chairman made it clear that the PPP would contest the next elections on the "arrow" symbol and not for an alliance with the ruling PDM.

"We are not a part of the PDM, but we are their partners in the government," the PPP stalwart said ahead of the general polls in Punjab - which are scheduled to be held on April 30.

The PPP is seemingly at crossheads with the PDM-led government over governance and economic issues as the country is witnessing historic inflation and reeling from the damage caused by cataclysmic floods.

Zardari also ruled out talks with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and said that the former prime minister is not a politician.

In response to a question about the police's attempt to arrest the PTI chief and whether he was consulted, Zardari said: "It is the prerogative of the interior minister... why would he consult me?"

Khan has been evading arrest attempts by law enforcement agencies and is facing charges of money laundering and illegally selling Toshakhana gifts during his tenure as prime minister. However, despite the legal issues, the PTI leadership remains undeterred and is keen to showcase its strength in Lahore in what it termed as a 'historic public rally' to be held this Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Senator Raza Rabbani, a senior PPP leader, underscored similarities between the PDM-led incumbent government and the PTI regime - which the sitting rulers had vehemently opposed.

In a press release, the ex-Senate chairman - whose party is in the ruling alliance - said: "It seems be it the PTI or present governments want azadi [freedom] from Parliament and the Constitution, 1973."

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