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Another deadlock between PML-N and PPP on issue of Judges restoration

Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Quid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said Mr. Zardari has asked for extension in the time limit to think over the judges’ issue. Talking to newsmen he emphasized on the need to maintain the coalition and said his party would not be willing to take any action that would endanger the unity. While Pakistan People’s Party Spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar has clarified that the coalition will not be disunited and no decision regarding judges’ restoration will be taken at the cost of the unity. The PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML(N) Quaid, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held extensive talks in London last night to reach a consensus on the issue of restoration of deposed Judges. They are expected to hold more talks on the issue.

In an exclusive talk with media he said PPP was not considering over any alternative strategy as unity was essential for the continuation of democracy. He said the coalition government believes in dialogue and consensus, adding that the judges’ issue will be sorted out soon. When he was asked about partnering ways of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) if judges were not reinstated on May 12, he said, “The coalition will not be allowed to disintegrate as it will be harmful for democracy and the country.”

It is pertinent to mention that several rounds of talks were held between PPP and PML-N on the issue of restoration of judges, however, no major significant breakthrough was observed. After each meeting between PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N leader a new date for another meeting is announced. This situation is creating confusion among the stakeholders and general public.

The Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has expressed his views that efforts are underway to overcome the differences with the coalition partner PML-N on the issue of modalities for restoration of the deposed judges. He said this while talking to a delegation of the elected representatives and party office bearers of the Lahore division which called on him at the state guest house on Saturday.

The Prime Minister said the government was fully committed to restore the deposed judges of superior courts. The Prime Minister said that the PPPP is a party which has its roots among the masses in all parts of the country. It gave the constitution of 1973 to the nation and would protect it also. He said party would fulfill the commitments made with the people during the election campaign.

On this eve of reaching to no decision President Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) Rasheed A. Rizvi has expressed disappointment over deadlock in London talks for judges’ restoration. Talking to a private TV channel he said, the leadership of ruling parties no longer seem interested in judges restoration even after Murree Declaration.

Jamaat-e-Islami Naib Amir Senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, Naib Amir has expressed his strong disappointment over the uncertainty which continues because of the stalled London negotiations between Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He expressed his serious concern over the total disregard of the mandate given by the people on 18th February by the PPP leadership and said that if this situation continues the country is heading towards a major crisis.

According to Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, the deteriorating economic situation is being affected by the political uncertainty and not so much because of any economic fundamentals. The Caretaker Government is guilty of mishandling the restoration of judges and producing utter confusion on this issue. The latest feeler is about two parallel supreme courts which is obnoxious and totally unacceptable.

Prof. Khurshid Ahmad emphasized that to try to impose PCO Judges in the Supreme Court in the name of constitutional courts consisting of the PCO judges will be a fatal blow to the independence of judiciary and progress of constitutionalism in the country. According to him this is the final chance for the PPP leadership not to side with Musharraf and his American supporters and respects the verdict of the people as given on 18th February, 2008. “If the leadership fails on this critical moment of Pakistan’s history it will have to pay a very high price for that. It is my advice that Coalition should make up his mind and immediately act to restore the judges on the 2nd November position so that the country would address to other fundamental challenges” he concluded.

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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