After failing to agree on restoration of judges, PPP, PML-N decide to form a committee

April 23rd, 2008 - 11:35 am ICT by admin  

Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, Apr 23 (ANI): After failing to reach an agreement on restoration of deposed judges after two days of talks, the PPP and the PML-N are learnt to have decided to form a six-member committee to consult jurists and other stakeholders to work out a solution.

After the meeting, both the PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif reiterated their commitment to restore the judges sacked on November 3, 2007.

This is the beauty of democracy that we are discussing the modalities and thrashing out our differences. You cannot name the difference of opinion as deadlock, the Daily Times quoted Nawaz as saying while speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with Zardari.

Sources privy to the meeting said although the coalition partners agreed on the restoration of the sacked judges through a National Assembly resolution, and that they disagreed on a follow-up judicial reforms package.

They said the two parties disagreed on whether a term should be fixed for the chief justice, whether both the sacked and the new chief justice should continue to serve as judges and how to settle the additional judges after the old ones are restored.

Nawaz told reporters that any differences over the issue would not break the ruling coalition. This dream of some people to break the coalition will never realise. He said the two parties were committed to the Murree Declaration. The 30-day timeframe is written in the declaration. A resolution for the restoration of judges will come soon. The constitutional package will come later on, he said.

Zardari said: I do not believe in countdowns. We are discussing the issue. It does not matter if it takes a few extra days. We have to work out details of the constitutional package.

He said that the two parties were trying to change the system, so that no judge legitimises the actions of any dictator in future. (ANI)

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