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Separation likely between PPP-PML-N on Judges issue; America Jumps in

Long awaited scenario finally arises, the chances of separation between Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League –N have increased as the deadline for the judges restoration is nearing an end. According to details, the differences between PML-N and PPP could not be done away with. It is expected that PML-N would announce its separation tomorrow;however, PPP said it would not quit Punjab government. PPP leader Hussain Haqqani said both the parties are at variance on modalities of judges restoration, adding the efforts are underway to remove the differences for which both the political parties will work in unison.

The US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher held separate meetings with Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari in London; however, the differences between the two parties still exist, which has jeopardized the existence of ruling coalition. It is said that the PML-N would quit the government, as PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said the party’s Parliamentary Committee would be held tomorrow, where decision would be made regarding future course of action.

Sources told Pakistan Times that PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif are likely to hold another meeting in London some time today to exchange views on modalities for the restoration of judges. PPP spokesman, Farhatullah Babar has expressed the hope that the two parties will be able to end the deadlock. The PML-N spokesman, Siddiqul Farooq said the party Qaid Nawaz Sharif is returning to Islamabad tomorrow. He said the Central Executive Committee and parliamentary party of PML-N will meet in Islamabad to announce the party’s policy over the deposed judges’ issue and the future of the coalition government.

Talking over judiciary issue Pakistan Muslim League-N President Shahbaz Sharif had admitted impasse, added there were some difference between the two coalition partners in terms of implementation of Murree declaration. Talking to private TV channel on Sunday, he pointed out that an unfortunately there was a deadlock however they would wait till May 12. “As on 12th we would have our parliamentary party meeting combined with central working committee of PML-N, where in the light of Dubai and London discussions we would deliver the judiciary issue in formulate of our policy” he added.

Replying to a question to quit the coalition government he said,” I cannot say at this point and time. We would wait till 12 and we are bound by 12th of May. May by there is some development and may be we are able to iron out these differences”, he added. Shahbaz Sharif said deadlock was basically on the implementation of the resolution. “Our understanding is very clear that judges should be restored and made functional by a notification. He noted that they had shown flexibility to accept those judges who took oath under PCO which was totally unconstitutional and illegal but accepted them for a much larger cause that was the restoration of judiciary. We would accept them as adhoc-judges if deposed judges and CJ were restored”, he added.

Pakistan Muslim League (N) Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif pointed out that not only deposed judges would be restored with dignity but also people who were responsible for killing innocents would be brought to justice. He said after the February 18 polls, a new Pakistan has come into being and we would not let it become prey of dictatorship and conspiracies. The PML-N Quaid vowed that the blood of those who sacrificed their lives for the independence of judiciary on May 12 in Karachi would not go waste.
“Lawyers, activists of civil society, political parties, common men and the media would protect the democracy and judiciary,” he said.

While Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman, Asif Ali Zardari has said that there is an absolute harmony on the issue of the re-instatement of judges among the allied parties in the government, but the difference lied in ‘which procedure to be adopted’. Talking to a foreign TV, he said, “There happens to be an element of weakness in the coalition government, but no one wants elections soon and hoped that the allied parties’ ties would remain alright.” The PPP Co-chairman made it clear that he couldn’t do another illegal act for setting the one illegal work right , adding that the compromise and conciliation demand giving due respect to each other’s views.-SANA

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