Crucial Zardari-Nawaz meeting on Tuesday

August 3rd, 2008 - 12:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, Aug 3 (ANI): The make-or-break meeting between PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to decide the fate of the four-month-old ruling coalition will take place on Tuesday.

The meeting between the two leaders would be held at the Zardari House that will decide whether the PML-N would sit on the opposition benches or rejoin the cabinet if the PPP agrees to the demand for the restoration of the deposed judges under the Murree Declaration.

Prior to this all-important meeting, Sharif has summoned a meeting of the Central Working Committee and parliamentary party of the PML-N on Monday in Lahore to consider the current political scenario and arrive at a consensus that will form the basis of talks with Zardari.

Sources said that the legal team of Zardari had formulated a new set of proposals for the meeting to settle the legal issue of the restoration of deposed judges and it would be presented to Sharif during the meeting.

However, sources in the PML-N rejected any other formula for the restoration of judges, saying that they would only accept the proposal that would implement the Murree Declaration and there would be no compromise on this issue.

The PML-N has already given August 14 as the D-Day to the PPP, to make a decision whether the PPP is ready to restore the deposed judges in accordance with the Murree Declaration and impeach President Pervez Musharraf.

Sources in the PML-N said the party was ready to sacrifice the Punjab Government if the deposed judges were not restored and this would be communicated to Zardari in the meeting.

Meanwhile, Zardari has also summoned his close aides on Monday to finalise the agenda for the meeting with Sharif, as he still wants to keep the coalition intact, The News reported.

The meeting is being held at a time when the PPP-led coalition government of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is all set to induct a new batch of ministers into the cabinet, which is expected to take oath by August 6. (ANI)

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