February 23, 2008

Musharraf not to be tolerated any more

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FEB 22, 2008
Abrar Saeed
ISLAMABAD – PML-N President Mian Shahbaz Sharif Friday said that President Musharraf should respect the public mandate and step down and also warned that disrespect to the public mandate would not be tolerated.
Talking to TheNation, Shahbaz made it loud and clear that the masses have given a clear verdict against Musharraf by rejecting his party in the general elections and now he should honour his own words that “he would step down if his candidates lose.”
He warned that any deviation from the public mandate would be taken as an insult to the people of Pakistan and would not be tolerated at any cost.
To a question about the formation of coalition government with the like-minded political forces both in centre and Punjab Shahbaz said that party Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif in his one-on-one meeting with PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Zardari on Thursday last has offered unconditional support in formation of government at centre in which PML-N would not take even a single ministerial berth. But Zardari insisted that PML-N must have share in ministerial slots on which PML-N Quaid left the matter to the PML-N Central Working Committee, he added.
He further said that PML-N has given the lead role to PPP at centre because it has emerged as the largest party in the Lower House of the Parliament. He further said that they have also offered PPP leadership to join them in formation of the government in Punjab and also offered them due share in the ministries.
Shahbaz said that both PML-N and PPP have agreed on the point that 1973 Constitution should be restored in true letter and spirit so that the Parliament could be made supreme and brought out from the subservient role to the Establishment. He said that both the parties share unanimity of view on restoration of the deposed judges of the superior judiciary and to bring back judiciary to Pre November 3 condition. He, however, added that now both the parties would sit together to settle the modus operandi for executing the judicial reforms plan.
To a question he said that there is no difference between the two parties on the issue of future prime minister as PML-N has offered unconditional support to them in the formation of government at centre.
To another question Shahbaz admitted that certain elements have tried to create misunderstanding between the two major political parties but the Thursday meeting between Nawaz and Zardari has frustrated all such moves.

Nawaz asks Musharraf to step down

Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif met British and French diplomats separately here Friday and discussed with them developments taking place in Pakistan regarding the formation of new government.
British High Commissioner Robert Brinkley met him in Frontier House and French Ambassador greeted for his party’s success in the elections. They discussed with Mian Nawaz Sharif the future political set-up of Pakistani government. Nawaz briefed the diplomats of his party’s stance regarding the consultation with other political forces.
Chadhury Nisar Ali Khan, a central leader of PML-N, was also present during the meeting, party sources said. The sources termed the meeting to be informal.
Monitoring Desk adds: Nawaz Sharif said President Musharraf respecting the mandate given by the nation in the recent elections, should resign from his post forthwith, reported a private TV channel. He was talking to a gathering of people during his visit in Mansehra to offer Fateha for the deceased mother of his son-in-law Captain Safdar.
“Pakistanis are independent people and will never accept slavery under any super power,” Nawaz Sharif said adding, “Once in power, we will make our own decisions without taking dictation from anyone.” He said PML-N adheres to the promises it made to the people in connection with the restoration of the judiciary and will not back on from its stance under any circumstances.
“We have reached an agreement with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on the issue of restoration of judiciary,” PML-N Chief clarified. Because reinstatement of the deposed judges is the only way towards ensuring the dignity of the judiciary that is the corner stone for achieving prosperity for the country, he added.
Online adds: Nawaz Sharif has said that two third majority in the Parliament is not needed for reinstatement of deposed judges who refused to take oath under Provincial Constitutional Ordinance (PCO).
In an exclusive chat with private TV channel, he said, the nation would see the majority of new government above to 2/3 in the Parliament, as there is no need of 2/3 majority for reinstatement of deposed judges.
Reinstatement of deposed judges including Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary and release of all detained lawyers is our top priority, he said, adding that, there is complete understanding between him and Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari in this respect.
Nawaz Sharif made it clear the new Parliament would not endorse the act of President Pervez Musharraf at any cost. The nation would see the majority above to 2/3 of new government comprised on PPP, PML-N, ANP and other parties.
He thanked nation especially voters for giving mandate to his party in the Feb 18 elections and vowed to hounour it.
He asked the nation to be alert for the elimination of dictatorship in the country. Terrorism and extremism would be eliminated automatically and there is prosperity in the country with end of dictatorship, he hoped.
APP adds: Nawaz Sharif visited Mansehra district and offered fateha for the departed soul of son-in-law, Capt (r) Mohammad Safdar’s mother, and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest her soul in eternal peace.
Later, addressing a big gathering of his party workers here, he said that they are engaged in setting up a real democracy in line with the aspiration of the people. Talking about the elections results, he said that they could have much better position if more time were given to them.
However, he thanked the people for reposing full confidence on his party. Keeping in view the public mandate, President Musharraf should leave the office immediately with grace, he asserted. He said, we cooperate with the Pakistan Peoples Party in the formation of the government, hoping it would lead to reinstatement of deposed judges.
Talking about the peace and development, he said it could be achieved after restoring 1973 Constitution in its true spirit and giving opportunity to the elected government to run the affairs in the country.
He assured that all promises they made with the people during the election campaign would be fulfilled.
Speaking on the occasion, General (r) Salahuddin Termizi of PML-N, said that abolition of 58-2 (b) should be the first priority of the Nawaz government.
Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Ch Nisar Ali, and many others were also present on the occasion.
In Haripur, Nawaz said Friday that reinstatement of deposed judges was his party’s top priority and Pakistan People’s Party should cooperate in this regard. Talking to mediamen after attending a condolence meeting for Anwar Khan, uncle of Tehsil Nazim Haripur, here at Khula Butt Township, he said that PML-N would work for real democracy to strengthen the country.
Nawaz Sharif said that they had offered PPP for the formation of government in the centre. However, PPP should cooperate for reinstatement of deposed judges, he added.
He said that the new government should make people-friendly policies for the uplift of the country.
PML-N provincial president Pir Sabir Shah, former NWFP Chief Minister Mahtab Khan Abbasi and others were also present on the occasion.


1 Comment »

  1. I want to inform the reader about the some of the PML N leaders. General (r) Salahuddin Termizi is the same person who contested the election against PML N candidate in last elections. People like mr safdar kept on accusing Salahuddin with the corruption charges in the local news papers and now he is his best mate. What do you think have the changed in these 8 years, I don’t think so. They have the same dirty politics going on. What a pity for the people of Pakistan because they don’t have another option.

    Comment by Usman Saqib — May 11, 2008 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

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