All parties must be consulted for caretaker government: Nawaz
19 July, 2012
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif announced on Wednesday that all parties, including those not in parliament, should be consulted for the setting up of a caretaker government.
The PML-N president was speaking to the media following a party meeting. Nawaz said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) did not hold local body elections during its tenure but the PML-N was always in their favour and that these elections should be held before the general elections.
In response to a question about the general elections and how parties would fair, Nawaz replied that it remained to be seen who would give a tough time to whom.
The PML-N president stated that the constitution was supreme and that court orders should be implemented regardless of how many prime ministers were dismissed.
When asked about the new chief election commissioner (CEC), he replied that Fakhruddin G Ebrahim was an honest man and expressed hope that he (Ebrahim) would not show any bias.
The PML-N chief said that strong political parties were the true guarantee to the stability of democratic system, and a vibrant and dynamic Muslim League will ensure a robust democracy and a stable Pakistan. He said the PML-N had performed many unprecedented feats, including strengthening of institutions in Pakistan, independence of judiciary, predominance of constitution and putting the national economy on the road to rapid progress.
He said that during the previous elections, efforts were made to unjustly keep PML-N leadership away.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), on Wednesday, denied rumours regarding secret talks with the government over forming a caretaker government.
"We are not holding any secret talk with the government to reach a deal over a caretaker setup," opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said. The opposition leader also criticised PTI chief Imran Khan for speaking against PML-N. "Imran should not throw stones at others while sitting in glass room," Nisar advised Khan.
Nisar dubbed PTI as a "test-tube baby party" of former ISI chief Ahmed Shujja Pasha, and blamed him for backing PTI in his tenure.
Questioning the electoral strength of PTI, the opposition leader said that PTI had only won one seat in the National Assembly since its inception, 17 years ago.