Thursday, February 21, 2008

PPP, PML-N to form coalition government

Nawaz says no disagreement on judges' restoration

ISLAMABAD: Following his meeting with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League (N) Chief Nawaz Sharif said the PPP and PML-N will follow the agenda laid out in the Charter of Democracy.

He was addressing a joint press conference with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari after their one-hour meeting at Zardari House, where both the leaders announced the formation of a joint government in the centre and the provinces.

Both the leaders unanimously decided to restore the 1973 constitution.

Responding to a question, Nawaz Sharif said that they would not take any help from Musharraf. “I would have done so before the elections, if I had such an intention,” he added.

Both the leaders announced that the UN would be asked to investigate into the murder of Benazir Bhutto. Nawaz Sharif maintained that there is no difference in the two parties on the restoration of the deposed judges.

“We accept the mandate of PPP with an open heart and wish that PPP complete its five year term,” he said, adding, “struggle for restoration of judiciary will continue and the Charter of Democracy will also be followed.”

PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari said PPP and PML-N have decided to work together for democracy. However, he said, some of the matter are yet to be decided by the parties. Zardari said that both the leaders have decided to stay united in the parliament. Nawaz Sharif added, ‘We fought against the dictatorship and will keep doing so.’

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