PML-N resigns the cabinet; Nawaz to contest bye-elections

Pakistan Muslim League-N Chief Nawaz Sharif announced to quit the Federal Cabinet by tendering resignations to the Prime Minister. Addressing a press conference after the meeting of the PML-N’s Central Working Committee, he said: “PPP failed to keep its promise and that is why we have decided to part ways with the coalition government.” You know very well by now that no breakthrough could be achieved on the issue of restoration of deposed judges after holding marathon negotiations with the Pakistan People’s Party, he said.

PPP and PML-N committed in the Murree Declaration to reinstate the deposed judges to Nov 2 position by passing a resolution in the Parliament within 30 days of coming into power. “We left no stone unturned to keep our promise made in the Murree Declaration,” he said, adding, “I had to go to Dubai and then London to hold negotiations with the PPP on the issue but to no avail.”

Pakistan Muslim League-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said however, that the party would still support the six-week-old coalition government despite disagreeing with its main partner over the restoration of judges fired by President Pervaiz Musharraf. He has termed the decision very ‘Painful’. He added “We will sit together for the time being, we are not going to sit on the opposition benches for the time being,”. “We will not take any step which will benefit Musharraf’s dictatorship.”

Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has decided to resign from federal cabinet in central executive committee meeting on Monday. The decision was taken after several rounds of talks with PPP on judges restoration failed. Final round of talks was held in London a day earlier. Federal ministers of the N league reached to attend the meeting without official car and other privileges.

The meeting has discussed that coalition with Peoples Party was made for the restoration of deposed judges but Peoples Party has failed to fulfill its commitment therefore PML-N has decided to quit the coalition. Earlier, Federal Minister for youth affairs, Khawaja Saad Rafique had returned the official car and other privileges as talks between Pakistan People’s Party and PML-N ended in confusion.

Mood of the PML-N leaders changed while the party spokesman announced that the nation would be taken into confidence on talks — relating to the judges’ re-in-statement — held with PPP. Other ministers of the N league had also removed the flags from their vehicles and returned the government staff also. The PML-N ministers would resign the federal cabinet on Tuesday.

Nawaz Sharif has announced to contest bye-elections from NA 55 Rawalpindi and NA 123 Lahore. Nawaz Sharif took this decision after consultation with party leaders and Federal Ministers and he would file nomination papers on Tuesday. After his arrival from London, Nawaz Sharif reached Punjab House and met PML-N Federal Minister and leaders and exchanged views about various issues including prevailing political situation.

At the same time Pakistan Muslim League (N) leaders have decided to consult to move resolution in the National Assembly about the restoration of deposed judges. According to reliable sources, this was proposed to table resolution in the lower house about the restoration of the judges about during the Nawaz Sharif meeting with party leaders. The participants agreed in the meeting to review and consult this proposal at levels.

Interestingly Muttahida Quami Movement Chief Altaf Hussain has appealed Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif not to quit the coalition government. In his statement issued from London, Altaf Hussain pointed out that the country was passing through a critical time and facing internal as well as external threats. He urged Nawaz Sharif to follow the policy of ‘Give and Take‘ and resolve the problems including the judges’ issue, adding that the foreign powers could take advantage of the situation if they did not show unity and political wisdom. The MQM Chief said that instead of being emotional, they should try to save the country from these internal as well as external threats.

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Rubab Saleem

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