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Talks with PPP on govt formation proceeding in right direction: Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif said Saturday the ongoing dialogue with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on government formation was preceding in the right direction. Addressing a news conference here at the Frontier House, he said he would hold a meeting with PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday (today) to discuses issues related to government formation. “We will finalize all matters related to formation of government in our meeting,” he said.

He said that PML (N) would extend fullest support to PPP for the formation of government at the centre. He said independence of the judiciary and reinstatement of the judges were part of his party manifesto and they will not compromise on these issues. Nawaz Sharif was of the view that the convening of the National Assembly session was being delayed unnecessarily. Replying a question regarding Punjab Chief Minister, he said as Mian Shahbaz Sharif could not contest elections, a stopgap Chief Minister would be nominated till he returns to the Punjab Assembly through by-elections.

He claimed that President Pervez Musharraf was delaying to call the session of the assemblies and this was creating suspicions. “I smell something foul as the President is not ready to accept the verdict of the masses”, he said. Nawaz Sharif said the nation had given its decision on February 18 but “Musharraf is hesitating to accept it”. He said the mandate might be a split one but it was undoubtedly against the policies of the President. The President should summon the National Assembly and power should be transferred to the elected representatives of the people, he said.

The PML-N Chief said that poverty, unemployment and terrorism had increased during the last several years. About Chaudhry Shajaat Hussain’s statement predicting new elections soon, Nawaz Sharif said some people had misguided the PML-Q president.He welcomed the statement about Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani that army would stay out of politics and support the elected government.-SANA

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