PML-N warns Pak Government to take concrete corrective steps to avoid coalitions collapse

July 22nd, 2008 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad , July 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League-(Nawaz) PML-(N) has warned the Pakistan Peoples Party led Government to take concrete steps by August 15 on four critical issues, including restoration of the deposed judges and impeachment of Musharraf, or else it would withdraw its support to the Government.

The implementation of the Charter of Democracy and the review of the policy on the war against terrorism are two other issues that the PML-N is keen to take up with the Government.

We are extremely disappointed with the performance of the coalition so far, the source said, adding that PML-(N) Chief Nawaz Sharif has already consulted his key leaders and friends and has made up his mind about leaving the coalition if the present situation continues.

This is enough is enough-like situation for the PML-N, the source said, adding the party has plainly conveyed its intention to PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari through their mutual emissaries.

According to The News, the level of trust between the two parties has also gone down following some controversial appointments made in Punjab .

Like other coalition partners, the PML-N has expressed resentment that all key appointments and policy decisions are being taken by the PPP Government unilaterally.

Zardari House has been told that the restoration of deposed judges is a priority for the PML-N.

The PPP has also been told that the impeachment of President Musharraf cannot be delayed anymore.

The PML-N has also conveyed its dismay over the launching of a military operation against so-called extremists in different parts of the North West Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

It asked the government to address issues of militancy through dialogue, besides bringing its present policy on the war on terror before parliament for a discussion.

The appointment of Salmaan Taseer as Punjab Governor without consulting the PML-N is also a major cause for mistrust between the two parties.

Though the government has convened a meeting of the coalition partners this week, the PML-N is not pinning much hope on it.

Sharif is unlikely to attend the meeting, and instead, Shahbaz Sharif would represent him.

To be frank, there is no need for such a meeting as the issues are clear and so are the problems, a source said, adding that the coalition could only be saved by timely decisions taken by Zardari. (ANI)

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