PML-N ministers submit resignations in Pakistan

May 13th, 2008 - 5:50 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Nawaz Sharif
Islamabad, May 13 (Xinhua) Ministers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani Tuesday afternoon, marking the end of the six-week-old coalition government. PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif announced Monday that the PML-N ministers would resign following the failure of talks with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on the issue of reinstatement of deposed judges.

The PPP and PML-N emerged as the two largest parties in the National Assembly, lower house of parliament, in the general elections held Feb 18.

The two parties agreed to form a coalition government and also pledged to restore the deposed judges within 30 days from the day when the government was formed.

However, the PML-N set May 12 as the second deadline for reinstating the judges after the two failed to meet the first deadline set for April 30.

The three-day London talks between the two parties ended in deadlock Sunday as they failed to bridge differences over the judges’ issue.

The PML-N insisted that the judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf should be reinstated unconditionally before April 30 as per the agreement reached in Murree.

But the PPP said that the independence of judiciary was more important than the simple restoration of judges and preferred to bring about a constitutional package to resolve the issue.

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