Sunday, March 9, 2008

PPP-PML-N agree on reinstatement of deposed judges in 30 days of govt formation

MURREE: Pakistan Peoples Party and PML-N have signed a joint declaration for formation of coalition government in Centre and Punjab. Asif Ali Zardari and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif signed the joint declaration titled “PPP-PML-N summit declaration Murree” during a joint press conference here at PC Bhurban hotel.

In the joint declaration, both the parties agreed upon the reinstatement of the deposed judges through the newly elected parliament within 30 days of the formation of the federal government. The nominee of the PPP for the slot of PM will be fully supported by the coalition parties, but the PM nominee should carry forward the agenda of both the parties, Nawaz Sharif said in the press conference.

Speaker and Deputy speaker of NA will be from the PPP and Speaker and Deputy speaker in Punjab Assembly will be of PML-N, he said. Nawaz Sharif also said that PML-N would be part of the federal cabinet. He said that he and Asif Ali Zardari had signed the Charter of Democracy, which was formulated by Benazir and himself earlier.

Even if the newly elected parliament was hung, it was against the dictatorship, Nawaz Sharif said. He said Musharraf should accept the mandate of people and avoid creating hurdles. PML-N and PPP in the joint declaration also demanded that the NA session should be convened immediately.

Asif Ali Zardari, speaking on the occasion, said that it was the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto that PPP and PML-N should reach an accord and that dream has come to be true. Earlier, Asif Ali Zardari and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also held a one-on-one meeting after the joint meeting along with the leaders of PPP and PML-N.

Asif Ali Zardari offered Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan but he declined with thanks and a smile.

(Courtesy GEO)

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