May 12, 2008

PML-N federal ministers to submit resignations to PM today: We will not sit in opposition: Nawaz

Filed under: NEW GOVERNMENT AFTER MARCH 24-2008 — civilsocietypakistan @ 11:30 pm
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MAY 13, 2008

* PML-N chief says he will not be ‘part of conspiracy to strengthen dictatorship’
* Says PML-N will join lawyers’ movement
* Says party has decided he will contest by-polls

By Muhammad Bilal

ISLAMABAD: All federal ministers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will resign from their posts on Tuesday because of differences with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) over the framework for the restoration of the sacked judges, but the party will not sit on the opposition benches, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said on Monday.

“Our ministers will submit their resignations to the prime minister tomorrow,” he told a press conference following a crucial party meeting. “[But] we are not going to sit on the opposition benches at the moment.”

Nawaz said his party had joined the federal cabinet on the condition that the sacked judges would be restored. The PML-N chief said his party did not recognise the judges who took oath under the Provisional Constitution Order. “I am personally anguished over pulling out of the coalition government,” he said.

Conspiracy to strengthen dictatorship: Nawaz said the PML-N would continue to support the PPP-led government on an issue-to-issue basis in line with the Charter of Democracy (CoD), adding that his party would not become part of a conspiracy to strengthen dictatorship or be involved in “a constitutional amendment that strengthens a dictator and destabilises the democratic process”.

He said it was up to the PPP to decide if it would continue to support the PML-N government in Punjab or quit the provincial cabinet.

Nawaz said the PML-N would join the protest movement for the restoration of the sacked judges. “Nawaz Sharif himself will participate in it along with lawyers and civil society,” he said. Asked about the future of the sacked judges in a Geo News programme late on Monday, Nawaz said the judges would be restored “sooner or later”.


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