Pak heading for “consensus government” to resolve political, economic crises

April 21st, 2011 - 3:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, April 21 (ANI): Pakistan is heading for “a new government of consensus” with the inclusion of several opposition groups, according to reports.

The ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has entered into an understanding with the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) for the new setup, Geo TV reported.

PPP Secretary General Jehangir Badar confirmed that talks were afoot in connection with the formation of a national government, but added that it would be premature to make a final comment on it.

Meanwhile, PML-Q leader Kamil Ali Agha said that his party has proposed a national agenda to the government to resolve the political and economic crises in the country.

He confirmed that the government had offered ministries to the PML-Q, but he added that his party had no intentions of joining the current government.

TV channels reported that the PPP government has also approached a former ally, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI), to join the coalition, besides asking the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to send back their two ministers who had resigned last year over differences with the government. The MQM is still supporting the government, but has not joined the cabinet.

Political analysts said that Pakistan is facing law and order problems and an economic crisis, and the government wants to set up a government of national consensus to resolve the issues, Xinhua reports.

However, the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) has refused to be part of the proposed national consensus government, saying that the idea is against the party’s principles.

“My party will never become a part of the proposed national set-up because I cannot compromise on principles,” the Dawn quoted PTI chief Imran Khan, as saying at a press conference in Lahore. (ANI)

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