ISLAMABAD: Former Finance Minister and a close associate of PML (N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif Senator Ishaq Dar said, “we have certain fundamental differences with PPP-led coalition’s economic policies thats one of the main reasons that PML (N) has not joined the coalition and opted to perform positive opposition role”.
Senator Ishaq Dar said, ‘the government has gone to IMF (International Monetary Fund), it has enhanced energy prices without parliamentary sanction which we oppose. He said Pakistan possesses sufficient potential to overcome its economic difficulties through better economic management”.
Ishaq Dar said that during our last government we had freed Pakistan from the clutches of IMF. After we tested our nuclear device we had gathered sufficient domestic resources to face sanctions clamped against Pakistan under the Glenn Amendment. He said we oppose foreign and domestic borrowings. These borrowings mean handing over next generations as a hostage to donors.
Earlier Thursday former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif told a press conference his party wanted to see the government completing its tenure. He said the PML-N would extend ‘unconditional support’ to the government without seeking any favour in return. However, he called for implementing the Charter of Democracy (CoD) and repealing the 17th Amendment. The PML-N chief chaired a meeting of his party’s central working committee and parliamentary party earlier in the day.
Asked if the PML-N would join the government after implementation of the charter, he said: ‘We will see when the CoD is implemented.’ In reply to a question, Mr Sharif said it was for the Pakistan People’s Party to decide if it wanted to join the Punjab cabinet or not. ‘Whatever the PPP decides, we will respect it.’
He said a national conference should be convened on the situation in Swat, Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Mr Sharif said the PML-N meeting had expressed concern over the situation in Balochistan, especially the recent killing of three Baloch nationalist leaders, and demanded the formation of a high-powered judicial inquiry commission.
He also suggested formation of a commission to prepare a strategy to address the deprivations of the people of Balochistan. He held former president Pervez Musharraf responsible for the worsening law and order situation in Balochistan and Fata and the killing of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a military operation.
The PML-N chief said Gen (retd) Musharraf must be tried for violating the Constitution, curbing independence of the judiciary and supremacy of parliament and compromising the country’s sovereignty and solidarity. Mr Sharif parried a question about his party’s stance on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). In reply to a question, he said it was for President Asif Ali Zardari, his associates and the judiciary to review the issue of PCO judges.
He said judges of the superior judiciary should be appointed by a commission through public hearing, without the influence of the government, and notification of their appointment should be issued after approval by parliament.
Mr Sharif said rule of law and adherence to the Constitution was the only way to save the country from turmoil. The PML-N leader said both short- and long-term strategies were required to curb terrorism.
He said Pakistan was capable of meeting challenges and external powers should let it resolve problems faced by it.
He said his decision to go to the US embassy to meet special envoy Richard Holbrooke did not mean a U-turn in his party’s policy. ‘Our position on drone attacks remains unchanged.’ Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had invited the PML-N to rejoin the federal cabinet during a recent meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, saying that a key demand of the party had been met after reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the government was sincere in implementing the CoD.
President Zardari had said PPP’s decision about joining the Punjab government depended on PML-N’s attitude.
Shahbaz Sharif called on Prime Minister Gilani in the afternoon to apprise him of the PML-N’s decision. Both leaders said their parties would continue to work together for smooth functioning of the parliamentary process and strengthening democratic institutions.
The chief minister reaffirmed PML-N’s unequivocal support to the PPP government in the center to steer the country out of crisis. He said any move for mid-term elections would be resisted jointly because the country could not afford any adventurism. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said repealing clauses of the 17th Amendment contrary to the democratic spirit of the 1973 Constitution, empowering the people and promoting reconciliation were some of the immediate targets of his government.
He said both parties would cooperate in tackling poverty, establishing the rule of law and ensuring equitable economic opportunities. The prime minister said PPP’s decision about joining the Punjab cabinet would be communicated to the PML-N after President Zardari’s return to the country.-Arab News