PML-N pulls out of cabinet, to give outside support

May 12th, 2008 - 7:58 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Monday decided to pull out of the cabinet following failure of talks with coalition partner Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) over the restoration of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf last year. Former prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif told reporters here that his party MPs would continue to sit in the treasury benches and support the government from outside.

Monday was the last day of the deadline to restore the judges of the superior judiciary. The coalition partners have failed to resolve the issue, despite marathon talks in Dubai last month and in London over the weekend.

The PPP has said it would restore the sacked judges through a package as per the constitution in due course and expressed the hope that the PML-N would return to the cabinet after that. The PPP said it would continue to support the PML-N government in Punjab province.

Before Sharif’s press conference, the PML-N federal ministers had reached their party meeting without their official cars.

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