Former Pak President Leghari calls for national government

November 14th, 2007 - 2:34 am ICT by admin  
The Government should take the initiative in inviting all political parties to form the national government by consensus.

It was the only way to restore democracy in Pakistan, he added.

The national government’s tenure should be of one year and retired judges or bureaucrats should not necessarily head it.

The general elections were scheduled for 2008, but public meetings and rallies were not possible amid violence, extremism and suicide bombing, Leghari told reporters.

The law and order situation was a major hurdle in the holding of elections, he said, adding that no government was capable of providing security to all political leaders in the present circumstances.

Leghari said that top leaders could afford bullet proof vehicles, but the poor could be a target of violence as no place was safe for electioneering from Balochistan to Waziristan and Quetta to Lahore.

“No political party can work with peace of mind under the present circumstances,” he added.

Leghari said that Pakistan is literally in the eye of the storm because of occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan by US troops.

The government is forced to take military action in Waziristan due to foreign militants’ presence there, he said.

An understanding with the tribes was a right strategy. Even Americans were reaching an understanding in Iraq like our government, the Dawn quoted him, as saying.

He said violence, extremism and terrorism were result of pursuing US policies by the government.

Leghari said that Bhutto should thank God for her safety because there was no defence against suicide bombing, and added that only poor citizens, PPP workers and police officials died in the bombing but no PPP leaders bothered to visit the hospitals for inquiring about the workers. (ANI)

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