Caretaker set-up to take over after mid-March: Kaira
31 October, 2012
LALAMUSA: Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that caretaker set up would take over the reins of government after March 18 and general elections would be held as per scheduled time.
Talking to reporters, he said the consensus caretaker set up would be finalised before mid March, if not the decision of Election Commission in this regard would prevail.
The government does not want to destroy its good deeds of last four and half years by delaying elections and such rumours were being spread by the opposition, he added. "Delaying elections is not possible in the presence of independent judiciary, vibrant media and civil society. Opposition is spreading such rumours to pre-empt its looming defeat," he observed.
Criticising Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership, he said the PPP had not compromised on principles despite having troubles in past while the Sharifs had preferred inking a 10 years exile agreement with then military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf to save their skins, he said.
To a question, he said the government does not believe in victimising its opponents. One could not pinpoint even a single example of political victimisation during the last four and half years, he added.
In comparison, the Punjab government was busy in victimising its political opponents. He referred the registration of cases against PPP MPA Shaukat Basra in this regard.
To a question, he said, the members of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had accepted the nomination of Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo as their provincial president. Some PPP workers have reservations about the alliance with PML-Q, however, this is not an issue in such a big political party. He urged the institutions to work within their limits.
He also lauded the reconciliation policy of slain PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto and said she had signed Charter of Democracy with Nawaz Sharif to strengthen democracy and bring prosperity to the country.