Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif rules out working with unconstitutional Prez Musharraf

June 9th, 2008 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI  

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Lahore , June 9 (ANI): After being sworn-in as the Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif ruled out establishing working relationship with President Pervez Musharraf, and termed him an unconstitutional president.

What sort of working relationship can we have with a person who violates the law and works against the national interest?, he said while speaking to press reporters after his swearing in ceremony.

He said his relations with anyone would be based on the Constitution and in the larger interest of the country.

Answering a question about a safe exit for Musharraf, Shahbaz said that he had no personal feud against Musharraf, rather he had been his friend, and that he had worked as a bridge between Musharraf and Islamabad in the past.

On the occasion, Shahbaz ruled out any differences with the PPP over the issue of restoration of deposed judges. He said both the PPP and PML-N had agreed on the restoration of the judiciary and the only difference lied in the modalities.

Citing Indian coalition governments example, he said in New Delhi the coalition partners had differences over the nuclear technology provided to India by the US , but the coalition did not break up despite this difference. Similarly, the Pakistan coalition government would remain intact and there would be no problems in moving ahead, he added.

He also said that he would soon meet Zardari to discuss the issue of the judiciary so that a solution could be found to avoid the lawyers protests. Stressing upon the restoration of the judiciary, he said it was the need of the hour as no nation could survive long without a free and independent judiciary. (ANI)

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