Musharraf aide invites PML-N to join pre-poll govt, Zardari wants to form his own

January 13th, 2008 - 6:26 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, Jan 13 (ANI): In political developments in the run up to the February 18 polls in Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf is learnt to have conveyed a message to the PML-Nawaz to join a national government to be formed by the ruling PML before the elections.
Quoting reliable sources, the Daily Times reported that Brig (Retd.) Niaz Ahmad passed on Musharrafs message to former premier Nawaz Sharifs younger brother Shahbaz Sharif.
However, Shahbaz told Niaz that he would not reply to the proposals without consulting Nawaz Sharif, added the paper.
According it, Niaz Ahmad requested the Sharif brothers to “soften the language” against the president at their public meetings.
Brig (Retd) Niaz, a former instructor to Musharraf, has been negotiating with the PML-N and the PPP leaders for the past several years and had held several meeting with the Sharif brothers in London and Saudi Arabia.
In the past, the PML-N had denied such contacts, but on Saturday, on being confronted by a group of reporters, Shahbaz Sharif admitted of meeting Niaz but said that the meeting should not be construed as a political move, and that he had come only to pay a “courtesy call”.
On the other hand, toeing a different line, Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari maintained that his party would form a national consensus government if it won the February general elections.
“The formation of a national government through free, fair and transparent elections is the need of the hour,” the GEO TV quoted him as saying in an interview with the Persian service of a US radio broadcasting service.
He said his party was in contact with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, but it was “premature” to say if the two parties can form an alliance. (ANI)

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